This paper analyzes contemporary Russian family policy, focusing on the state’s ideological orientation and the political measures it has taken with regard to the family as a social institution. Documents representing official and normative discourse of family policy in contemporary Russia serve here as data for the study. The paper identifies stages of the formation and realization of Russian family policy. Analysis of these stages shows that, neither at the level of ideology nor in terms of specific tools of implementation, is this policy coherent. A pronatalist strategy ensures that many real problems faced by families stay on the periphery of family policy. This paper maintains that Russian family policy should take into account the diversity of modern forms of family relationships and increase societal support for citizens with family responsibilities, not limited to only family financial support.
Review of edited volume of recent scholarship in English on the Khrushchev Thaw.
While corruption is generally accepted as a major problem for Russia, there exists a large variation of the level and forms of corruption across sub-national regions of the Russian Federation. Multiple quantitative measures of sub-national corruption levels in Russia in the last decade exist, based on different methodologies and provided by different sources. While some of these measures have been actively used in academic research, others received less scholarly attention. The aim of this paper is to provide a critical review of the available corruption indicators for the Russian regions, discussing their advantages and disadvantages and comparing the pictures of corruption different datasets provide for various regions of Russia.
The collapse of the socialist system prompted the former USSR countries to “re-invent” their stateness. The paper focuses on factors that impede or smooth stateness transformations in post-Soviet countries. First, the paper examines internal and external factors of state formation in selected countries. Next, it introduces empirical research tools and empirical findings that present alternative patterns of stateness and outcomes of state formation. The paper concludes with a detailed review of certain cases that may be considered prototypes of state formation for post-Soviet countries.