Failed communication leads to crisis or crisis leads to failed communication?
Every social upheaval distorts customary communication patterns and makes it necessary to overhaul them. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation has undergone various difficulties, forcing government authorities to reform the country’s economy and administration. However, public policy, constituted and mediated through particular communicative practices, only superficially changed, and has maintained key features of its Soviet heritage. The study shows that representatives of all political organizations in Russia prefer the same patterns of communication, which is aggressive and manipulative, aggravating existing problems and provoking new ones. The state, playing the main role in public policy, deals with crises of any nature using the same approach. Public politicians representing the government publicly deny the very fact that a crisis exists and simultaneously pass new laws to cope with the consequences. The law, being prescriptive, dictates a particular behavior to all members of society. This discursive strategy makes the assumption that there is to be no public dialogue.