Introduction It has been almost ten years since the Five-Day War broke in August 2008 between Georgia, on one side, and Russia and South Ossetia, on the other. 1 This topic has been the subject of many debates inside and outside of academia. Pundits and journalists investigated the

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The Constitution of the Russian Federation was ratified in 1993 amid great hopes and aspirations following the collapse of the USSR. The constitution proclaims the goal of establishing a “democratic, federal state” that functions according to rule of law and promises a broad array of social, political and economic rights to its citizens. But how well has the Russian government lived up to realizing these promises? Seven distinguished scholars on Russian politics and law examine the state of political accountability, federal power-sharing, judicial independence, press freedom, and criminal procedure in Russia today. The picture that emerges is decidedly mixed; they conclude that the Russian constitution remains a work in progress.

electioneering involves “a deep understanding of the intricacies of electoral systems”. 22 Such an understanding involves learning not so much from the neighbouring autocracies but rather from democracies, even if distantly located. The case of Russia, especially if coupled with the focus on electoral

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The essence of Russia’s political system lies in its dynamism. In the early 1980s, Russia was under one of the world’s least democratic regimes, the Soviet Union. By the early 1990s, the ussr had collapsed and a newly vibrant, independent Russian Federation had held its first truly competitive

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