Article Title

The Russian Elite under Putin: Militocratic or Bourgeois?

Type of Work

Article

Date

2006

Journal Title

Post-Soviet Affairs

Journal ISSN

1060-586X

Journal Volume

22

Journal Issue

2

First Page

125

Last Page

144

DOI

10.2747/1060-586X.22.2.125

Abstract

Since Vladimir Putin took over the presidency, analysts have highlighted the large numbers of siloviki—those with experience in the military and security agencies—who have been recruited into government service. Two political scientists investigate this trend by reexamining previously published findings and using an original data set. Claims of the "FSB-ization of power" under Putin and an underappreciated trend in elite formation under Putin—the increasing presence of business representatives in the government and society at large—are considered. The article examines the implications of its findings for Russia's future political development, particularly in terms of stability and democracy.

Hamilton Areas of Study

Government, Russian Studies, World Politics