Medvedev's Take on the Power Vertical
Are the Rules of the Game Changing in Russia?
Author(s): Sinikukka Saari, Katri Pynnöniemi
Publisher(s): Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Helsinki
Date of publication: 28 Jan 2010
Issue number: 51
Series: FIIA (UPI) Briefing Papers
Description: The political system that Vladimir Putin established during the first decade of the 2000s is often referred to as 'the power vertical'. The term suggests a stable, streamlined and effective center-led system. Yet, this image does not quite correspond with Russian reality. The system creates inefficiency, encourages corruption and is hostile towards bottom-up political initiative. The current leadership acknowledges that Russian stability is on shaky ground and therefore the system is in need of modernization.General note: © 2010 Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)