Those who argue for the irreversibility of Russian democracy are on firmer ground than the critics who, while understandably concerned, have been warning repeatedly since 1991 that Russia is headed for disaster and whose predictions of doom have repeatedly gone unrealized.
Putin's First Two Years: Democracy or Authoritarianism?
Thomas M. Nichols is chairman of the department of strategy and policy at the United States Naval War College and the author of The Russian Presidency: Society and Politics in the Second Russian Republic (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 1999).
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Thomas M. Nichols; Putin's First Two Years: Democracy or Authoritarianism?. Current History 1 October 2002; 101 (657): 307–312. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2002.101.657.307
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