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Russian Politics and Society - JTM507
Anglický název: Russian Politics and Society
Český název: Politika a společnost v Rusku
Zajišťuje: Katedra ruských a východoevropských studií (23-KRVS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2021
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: 16 / neurčen (15)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
4EU+: ne
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst pro virtuální mobilitu: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Mgr. Karel Svoboda, Ph.D.
Třída: Courses for incoming students
Neslučitelnost : JMM302
Anotace - angličtina
The main aim of the course is to discuss the problems of post-communist Russia from their political, economic, and social perspective. Beyond giving final answers, the course should open new questions and promote critical thinking about Russia and its politics. We should challenge the established truths and subject them to a critical evaluation. The course aims to explain the current topics based on the development of the previous almost thirty years.
The main questions we should address are: 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 defend its territory? Nevertheless, students are welcomed and encouraged to raise their questions.
After finishing this course, students should be able to analyze contemporary Russia's problems in depth and explain them not only by simple declarations and truths so well known in newspapers. We will be simply asking questions, trying to find possible explanations.
We aim to understand and discuss, not to judge or make definitive conclusions.
After this course, students should be able to analyze the situation in Russia and its role in the world impartially and without emotions.

Poslední úprava: Svoboda Karel, Mgr., Ph.D. (01.02.2024)
Cíl předmětu - angličtina

The course aims to present the development of post-Soviet Russia, going beyond constitutional order. The students should be able to present their views and critically evaluate alternative explanations. They learn the basic characteristics of Russian political, economic, and social development. The student should train the skill to present arguments for his views and use others' arguments to improve his stances.

Poslední úprava: Svoboda Karel, Mgr., Ph.D. (01.02.2024)
Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina

According to the Dean's provision, the teacher evaluates the student's performance in the percentages assigned to grades A to F (https://fsv.cuni.cz/opatreni-dekanky-c-20/2019):

  • 91% and more   => A
  • 81-90%             => B
  • 71-80%             => C
  • 61-70%             => D
  • 51-60%             => E
  • 0-50%               => F

More in SMĚRNICE S_SO_002: Organizace zkouškových termínů, kontrol studia a užívání klasifikace A–F na FSV UK.

Poslední úprava: Lochmanová Sára, Bc. (05.02.2024)
Literatura - angličtina

Readings for each session may be found in the Moodle: Kurz: Russian Politics and Society (cuni.cz)


1. Sakwa Richard, Russian Politics and Society, Routledge, 2021

2. Galeotti Mark, We Need to Talk about Putin, Ebury Press, 2019.

3 Connolly, Richard, The Russian Economy: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2020


1. Belton, Catherine, Putin's People, William Collins, 2021. 

2. Guriev, Sergei and Treisman, Daniel, Spin Dictators: The Changing Face of Tyranny in the 21st Century, Princeton University Press, 2022

3. Gelman, Vladimir, The Politics of Bad Governance in Contemporary Russia, University of Michigan Press, 2022 (also in Russian).

4. Inozemtsev, Vladislav, Nesovremennaja strana, Alpine Publisher, 2019.

5. Becker, Torbjörn and Oxenstierna, Susanne,  The Russian Economy under Putin, Routledge, 2020.


Poslední úprava: Svoboda Karel, Mgr., Ph.D. (01.02.2024)
Metody výuky - angličtina

The class takes part in Jinonice B218

Readings can be found under the link: https://dl2.cuni.cz/course/view.php?id=4563

Each class is attributed to a particular question. We will try to find the answer to the question or possible explanations. The students should bring their own vision of the problem. Do not worry that you do not have previous training in Russian affairs views that base on some other experience are enormously interesting and important!  

Please note that there might be some changes during the course (length of each section etc.). I am not omniscient (although I would like to be) so I will welcome your suggestions about the form of our course. Please, be also aware that all classes will be recorded to my computer (for the use of those, who cannot participate due to the time shift). 

Since this is a master's class, a discussion will be the core of our work. Nevertheless, even those who do not possess previous training in Russian affairs are welcomed since the discussions should be based on readings. The readings are chosen with the purpose of presenting diverse views on Russia, be it pro-government, anti-government, liberal, statist, etc.  

Poslední úprava: Svoboda Karel, Mgr., Ph.D. (01.02.2024)
Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina

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

The course should be lively, not boring listening to my lectures. For each of 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 class, each student should be able to bring some news from current affairs (please, not a cute newborn puppy…) and interpret it somehow.

The student should write a book review on a chosen book based on agreement with the lecturer. (nine thousand characters including spaces - 1400 words). 

Midterm is based on multiple choice questions with one right answer. 

The final exam is based on a discussion of the book and its broader environment (therefore, if you write about Russian jet fighters, you can expect a question dealing with Russian wars, the situation in the army etc.)


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

Poslední úprava: Svoboda Karel, Mgr., Ph.D. (01.02.2024)
Sylabus - angličtina

  • 23.02.2024 introduction, the concept of the course
  • 01.03.2024 1. System of power
    • a. Wagner army, troll factories
    • b. Presidential Administrarion
    • How do they relate to the official power?
  • 08.03.2024 2. State corporativism
    • a. State-private business problem - Gazprom
    • b. New oligarchy
    • c. Is business taken over by the state or vice versa?
  • 15.03.2024 3. Crime, corruption
    • a. Corruption perception index
    • b. Are Russians interested in corruption?
  • 22.03.2024 
    • 4. Integration political, economic
      • a. Eurasian Union, Cuba, Africa
      • b. Why does Moscow pay for friendship?
  • 29.03.2024 No class, Good Friday
  • 05.04.2024 No class (conference participation)
  • 12.04.2024 
    • 5. Public opinion, Propaganda
      • a. Levada vs. WCIOM
      • b. Do Russians trust in Putin?
  • 19.04.2024 
    • 6. Historical policy
      • a. Mythmaking in Putin’s Russia
      • b. Why are history and its presentation so important?
  • 26.04.2024 7. International comparisons
  • 03.05.2024 8. Nationality, nationalism – official and unofficial
      • a. Nazis and nationalists
      • b. Why are some nationalists patriots while others are “fascists”?
  • 10.05.2024 
    •  9. NGOs, GONGOs
      • a. Why are some organizations banned while others promoted?
      • b. What is mimicking of NGOs good for?
  • 17.05.2024 
    • 10. Social problems and their reflection
      • a. Epidemies, diseases etc.
      • b. Are there more skeletons in the cupboard?
Poslední úprava: Svoboda Karel, Mgr., Ph.D. (01.02.2024)
Vstupní požadavky - angličtina

Sound command of English is the most important requirement. 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. 

Basic computer literacy is enough (moodle is very intuitive). 

Poslední úprava: Svoboda Karel, Mgr., Ph.D. (30.01.2023)
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