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Russia after 1991 - JMM302
Anglický název: Russia after 1991
Český název: Rusko po roce 1991
Zajišťuje: Katedra ruských a východoevropských studií (23-KRVS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2019
Semestr: zimní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (15)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Garant: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D.
Je neslučitelnost pro: JTM507, JTM279
Termíny zkoušek   Rozvrh   Nástěnka   
Soubory Komentář Kdo přidal
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Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (19.09.2016)
The main aim of the course is to discuss the problems of post-communist Russia from their political, economic and social perspective. More than giving final answers, the course should open new questions, promote critical thinking about Russia and its politics. We should challenge the established truths and subject them to a critical evaluation. The course itself aims at explaining of the current topics with the basis of the development of the previous twenty five years.
The main questions we should try to address are topics such as: What is post-soviet in Russia? Why is Vladimir Putin still popular in Russia while negatively perceived in the West? Who rules the country? Is Russia a great power? Does it promote its borders or defends its territory? Nevertheless, students are welcomed and encouraged to raise their own questions.
After finishing of this course, students should be able to analyze the problems of contemporary Russia in their depth, explain them not only by simple declarations and truths so well known from newspapers. We will be simply asking questions, trying to find possible explanations.
Our goal is to understand and discuss, not to judge.
After absolving this course, student should be able to analyze impartially and without emotions the situation in Russia and its role in the world.

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (01.10.2018)

1. Otechestvennaya istoria noveyshego vremeni 1985-2005, RGGU, Moskva 2007.
2. Sakwa R. Russian Politics and Society, 4th ed. London - New York, 2008.

3. Gelman V.,  Authoritarian Russia: Analyzing Post-Soviet Regime Changes

Suggested internet sources):
BOFIT, IET, EEG, World Bank, Finmarket, Expert, Jamestown Foundation, politcom.ru, polit.ru, strana.ru, Kommersant etc. Levada.ru, Vedomosti.ru
do not forget about the existence of databases (EBSCO, Proquest)!

Literature related to the separate fields:

Dallin A. Causes of the Collapse of the USSR. Post-Soviet Affairs. 1992. Vol. 8. N 4.
Harris J., Subverting the system: Gorbachev´s reform of the party´s apparatus 1986-1991. Rowman and Littlefield 2004.
Vykoukal J., Tejchman Litera B. Východ: Vznik, vývoj a rozpad sovětského bloku, Praha 2000.

Aslund A. Building capitalism: The transformation of the Former Soviet Bloc. Cambridge. 2002.

Gustafson, Thane. 2012. Wheel of fortune: the battle for oil and power in Russia. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. 

Hanson P. The Russian Ebonomic Recovery: Do Four years of growth tell us that the fundamentals have changed? Europe- Asia Studies, Vol. 55, No. 3, 2003, 365-3
Hanson P., The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Economy. An Economic History of the USSR from 1945. London 2003.
Chowdhury A, Banking reform in Russia: Winds of change?, http://www.bof.fi/bofit/fin/7online/03abs/03pdf/bon0503.pdf.
Jaffe A. M., Manning R. A., Russia, Energy and the West, Survival, vol 43, No. 2, Summer 2001.
Maurseth P. B., Divergence and Dispersion in the Russian Economy, Europe- Asia Studies, Vol. 55, No. 8, December 2003, 1165-1185.
Schroeder G.E., "Soviet Economic Reform: From Resurgence to Retrenchment", Russian Review, 48, 1989, 305-319.
Sutella P. Did Putin?s reforms catapult Russia to durable growth?, http://www.bof.fi/bofit/fin/7online/05abs/05pdf/bon0605.pdf.
Thompson W., ?Putin?s Challenge: The Politics of Structural Reform in Russia?, Europe-Asia Studies, 54,6, 2002, 933-957.

Political system:
Brown A., Shevtsova L., Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and Putin: Political Leadership in Russia's Transition. Carnegie Endowmenet 2001.
Clark W. A., Russia at the Polls, Problems of Post- Communism, March/April 2004.
Holzer J., Politický system Ruska, Brno 2001.
Mankoff J., Russia´s Weak Society and Weak State, Problems of Post-Communism; Jan/Feb2003, Vol. 50. Issue 1, p29, 15p
Oates S. The 1999 Russian Duma Elections. Problems of Post-Communism; May/Jun2000, Vol. 47 Issue 3, p3, 12p.
Riggs J. W., Schraeder P. J., Russia´s Political Party System as an Impediment to Democratization, Demokratizatsia Vol. 12
Robinson N. The Politics of Russia´s Partial Democracy, Political Studies Review, 2003,
Vol. 1. 149-166.
Shevchenko I., Central government of Russia: from Gorbachev to Putin. Ashgate 2004.
Sokolowski A., Institutional determinants of Chronic Policy Failure in Yeltsin´s Russia. Demokratizatsia.

Zygar M., All Kremlin's men, Public Affairs, 2016


Huskey E., Nomenklatura Lite? The Cadres Reserve in Russian Public Administration, Problems of Post-Communism, vol. 51, no. 2, March/April 2004, pp. 30?39.
Huskey E., Obolensky A., The Struggle to Reform Russia´s Bureaucracy, Problems of Post-Communism, vol. 50, no. 4, July/August 2003, pp. 22?33.
Klebnikov P., Godfather of the Kremlin: Boris Berezovsky & the Looting of Russia, 

Sakwa, Richard. 2014. Putin and the Oligarch: The Khodorkovsky-Yukos Affair. London: I.B.Tauris.

Ledeneva, Alena V. 2013. Can Russia Modernise?: Sistema, Power Networks and Informal Governance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

Dawisha, Karen, Putin’s kleptocracy : who owns Russia?  2014   

Chebankova, Elena, Civil Society in Putin’s Russia, Routledge, 2013.

Markedonov, Sergey. 2013. Rise of radical and nonofficial islamic groups in russia's volga region. [Place of publication not identified]: Rowman & Littlefield Publ.¨

Rawlinson, Patricia. From Fear to Fraternity: A Russian Tale of Crime, Economy and Modernity. London: Pluto, 2010.

Badovskii, D.V., Shutov, A.Iu., Regional elites in Post-Soviet-Russia. Russian Social Science Review; May/Jun97, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p32, 24p.
Cashback D., Risky Strategies? Putin?s Federal Reforms and the Accommodation of Difference in Russia, Journal for Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe,
Issue 3/2003.
Solanko L., Tekoniemi M., To recentralise or decentralise ? some recent trends in Russian fiscal federalism, http://www.bof.fi/bofit/fin/7online/05abs/05pdf/bon0505.pdf.

Foreign policy
Ambrosio T., Russia´s Quest for Multipolarity: A Response to US Foreign Policy in the Post- Cold War Era. European Security, Vol. 10, No.1, pp. 45-67.
Felkay A., Yeltsin´s Russia and the West. Praeger Publishers 2002.
Jackson A., Russian foreign policy and the CIS:Theories, Debates ad Actions. Routledge 2003.
Kimura H., Russia and CIS in 2004, Putin´s offensive and defensive actions, Asian Survey, Vol. 45, Issue 1, pp. 59-66.
Kratochvil P. The Balance of Threat Reconsidered: Construction of Threat in Contemporary Russia, www.iir.cz, 2004.
Kuchins A., Nikonov V., Trenin D., US-Russian relations: The case for an Upgrade. Moscow 2005.
Pantin V., Russian Political Parties and Movements on Contemporary World Processes, Russian Politics and Law, vol. 41, no. 5, September?October 2003, pp. 83?89.
Schuette R., EU- Russia relations: Interests and Values- A European Perspective. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Number 54, December 2004.
The EU and Russia. Ed. John Pinder, Y. Shishkov, Kogan Page 2002.
Timmins G., Strategic or Pragmatic Partnership? The European Union´s Policy Towards Russia Since the End of the Cold War.

Tsygankov, Andrei P. 2012. Russia and the West from Alexander to Putin: honor in international relations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Cadier, David, and Margot Light. 2015. Russia's foreign policy: ideas, domestic politics and external relations.

Trenin, Dmitriĭ. Post-imperium: A Eurasian Story. Washington, D.C: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2011 http://carnegieendowment.org/pdf/book/post-imperium.pdf

Tsygankov, Andrei P. 2010. Russia's foreign policy: change and continuity in national identity. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. http://site.ebrary.com/id/10386488

Putin's tenure

Shevtsova, L., Putin's Russia. Moscow: Carnegie, 2003.
Sakwa R. Putin- Russia´s choice. London 2004.
Kernen, B. Putin and the Parliamentary Elections in Russia: The Confluence
(slijanie) of Russian Political Culture and Leadership. East European Quarterly,
XXXVIII, No. 1, March 2004. Pp. 85-107.

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (12.10.2018)

Students are expected to have a reasonable command of English. The core of the course should be a discussion not a lecture. Therefore, ability to formulate your thoughts is essential for the success of the course.

The course should be lively, not a boring listening to my lectures. For each of the class, up to 50 pages of readings are assigned. Students are expected to contribute to the discussions with questions and remarks based on their readings. Furthermore, for each of the classes, each student should be able to bring some news from current affairs (please, not newborn cute puppy…) and interpret it somehow.

Student should write a book review on a chosen book from the given list of readings. 

The midterm test (November 23) will be based on readings and discussed topics. It will be ten questions with short answers. The student should demonstrate his understanding of the subject, not the ability to write novels...

The final test is similar in structure, nevertheles, it covers both reading and the topics for the whole course. 


Grading from the total result is determined as follows:

• 91 and more = A

• 81 - 90 % = B

• 71 - 80 % = C

• 61 - 70 % = D

• 51 - 60 % = E

• 0 - 50 % = F

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (15.11.2018)

1.      October 5, 2018 - introduction to the course. Requirements, expectations etc.

2.      October 12, 2018 - forming of the state - was the fall of the Soviet Union real catastrophe for Russia? Why was the fall of the Soviet Union "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe"? What went wrong? 

a.      George Breslauer, Evaluating Gorbachev as a Leader, pp. 271-294

b.      David R. Marples, Revisiting the Collapse of the USSR1

3.      October 19, 2018 - were the 1990s a disaster? Were the reforms of 1990s complete failure? 

a.      Peter Rutland, Boris Eltsin of History, http://www.gwu.edu/~ieresgwu/assets/docs/demokratizatsiya%20archive/06-04_rutland.pdf

b.      George Breslauer, Evaluating Yeltsin as Leader

4.     October 26, 2018 - Vladimir Putin - a rise of a strongman? How Vlaimir Putin got to a power? Why the system became so stable? What were the conditions, environment?

a.      Richard Sakwa, Putin’s Path in Putin: Russia’s choice

5.      November 2, 2018 - Russia as a dictatorship? President’s power in the system. Putin’s use of a parliament etc.

a.      William A. Clark, Boxing Russia Executive-Legislative Powers and the Categorization of Russia’s Regime Type

6.     November 16, 2018- Russian elections - fraud or reflection of voters’ preferences? Party system. Reforms of the party system as a limitation of democracy etc. Setting the authoritarian rule? 

7.       November 23, 2018 - groups of power. Siloviks, liberals etc. informal power, rules. 

a.      Alena Ledeneva, How Russia Really Works, pp. 10-27


7.      November 30, 2018- Russian federation - united we stand? Is Russia still a federation, or a unitary state?  

8.     December 14, 2018  - Russian economy - colossus on clay feet? Dependency on oil. Current problems of Russia’s economy - Why it is stagnating? 

a.      http://www.nber.org/papers/w10057.pdf?new_window=1

9.  December 21, 2018 - Russian foreign policy - Is Russia losing its role? Relations with the close neighborhood. Russian aspect in their policies. Russian minority. 

11.  January 4, 2019 - Russia as an emerging great power? Great power ambitions. Multi-vector policy. Geopolitics




Vstupní požadavky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D. (01.10.2017)

Sound command of English is the most important reqiurement. Students should be able to express their thoughts. Students are expected to discuss papers they read and their broader context.   

Russian language command is an asset, but not a condition. All the papers are submitted in English. 

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