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Publication Detail
Russia, the West and the 2007-2008 electoral cycle: did the Kremlin really fear a 'coloured revolution'?
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Article
  • Authors:
    Duncan PJS
  • Publisher:
    Routledge for the University of Glasgow
  • Publication date:
    01/2013
  • Place of publication:
    Glasgow, UK
  • Pagination:
    1, 25
  • Journal:
    Europe-Asia Studies
  • Volume:
    65
  • Issue:
    1
  • Medium:
    Print
  • Status:
    Published
  • Country:
    UK
  • Print ISSN:
    0966-8136
  • Language:
    English
  • Keywords:
    Putin, Russian elections, coloured revolutions, authoritarianism, Medvedev, political parties
  • Addresses:
    PJS Duncan

    UCL

    SSEES

    16 Taviton Street

    London

    WC1H 0BW

    UK
Abstract
In the period before the 2007/8 elections, there was much talk from the regime about the danger of a ‘coloured revolution’ in Russia. The article considers whether the fear of revolution was genuine or artificially created to discredit opposition and strengthen support for the regime. It seems that tensions inside the regime and the unexpected occurrence of the previous coloured revolutions led to real fears of revolution in Russia, although this was in fact unlikely. Russian policy towards the West and the rival election programmes are examined to investigate whether the regime was creating an ‘enemy image’ of the West.
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