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«Отверженные»: сравнительные биографии украинских и новороссийских полевых командиров

Щербак А. Н., Комин М. О., Соколов М. А.

The article focuses on the comparative biographies of Ukrainian and Novorossiya militia commanders, stressing the importance of their social origin for better understanding the Ukrainian crisis. The comparative description of more than 50 biographies based on the following characteristics - age, education, employment, place of work, supposed income, political and public activities – made clear that commanders are representatives of low or low-middle class. The results of that analysis give us reasons for the critical review of many theories of democratization.  On the one hand, it allows underlining the uniqueness of post-soviet political context, where not “angry citizens”, but un privileged social groups play the important role in the transformation of political regime. On the other hand, it allows recognizing the current political process as a part of the global one, taking into account the modern precariat theory and prosperity gap between low and upper classes described by T.Piketty.