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A useful article in OpenDemocracy.net by my SSEES colleague Andy Wilson updating the argument of his book Virtual Politics the in Russia and Ukraine in the wake of Ukraine’s 2004 Orange Revolution: Ukrainian politics is (up to a point) more normalized and less ‘virtual’ than to greater media openness and more open political competition – although this does make it necessary to be quicker on the draw with kompromat – Russian politics, by contrast, is ‘tauter’ and more over-controlled with ‘democratic’ façade of political dramturgiya about to collapse into cruder authoritarianism, partly through force of habit on the part of Kremlin PR-chiki.

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