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Электоральный авторитаризм и российский случай

The article is devoted to the analysis of the hypothesis proposed V.Gel'man, according to which the post-Soviet Russia should be viewed as an "crucial case" of electoral authoritarianism that sheds light jn the origins of the strength and weakness of this model in a comparative perspective. Having thoroughly analyzed Gel'man's arguments in the context of the Russian political history of the last two and a half decades, author faild to find convincing evidence of either this hypothesis or even justification of classifying the country's political regime into the category of "electoral authoritarianism" per se. The research conducted by the author rather demonstrates the uniqueness of the Russian "authoritarianism" and that the conventional methods of description within the modern Western comparative politics fail to capture its specificity.