Article Title

К БОЛЕЕ ТОЧНЫМ ОЦЕНКАМ ТРАНСФОРМАЦИЙ В РОССИЙСКОЙ ЭЛИТЕ (Towards a More Accurate Assessment of the Transformation of the Russian Elite)

Type of Work

Article

Date

2009

Journal Title

Polis: Politicheskie Issledovaniya

Journal Title - Alternate

Polis: Political Studies

Journal ISSN

0869-1401

Journal Issue

5

First Page

149

Last Page

157

Abstract

Since Vladimir Putin took over the presidency, analysts have highlighted the large numbers of siloviki that have been recruited into government service. This article investigates this trend on the basis of both a reexamination of findings previously published by Ol’ga Kryshtanovskaya and Stephen White and an original data set compiled by the authors. It finds that both sets of data indicate that the proportion of siloviki in the elite rose during Putin’s first term in office but was far lower than has been widely reported. In short, claims of the “FSB-ization of power” under Putin are valid but significantly overstated.

Hamilton Areas of Study

Government, Russian Studies, World Politics