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Government and Politics in Russia Packet Vocab

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bourgeoisie
Owners of the factories and other means of production
BRIC
A term coined by economist Goldman Sachs in 2001 for the fast-growing economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China. They held a summit in June, 2009.
central planning
The ownership of private property and the market mechanism are replaced with the allocation of resources by the state bureaucracy.
The Communist Manifesto
Book written by Karl Marx stating his interpretation of history and vision for the future. He saw capitalism as an economic system that exploited workers and increased the gap between rich and poor. Believed eventually in a proletariat revolution
co-optation
allocation of power throughout various political, social, and economic institutions
democratic centralism
rule by a few for the good of the many
Maoism
China's version of communism; it shares Marx's vision of equality and cooperation, but believes strongly in preserving China's peasant-based economy.
market-based socialism
Allowing a significant infusion of capitalism into the socialist system.
Marxism
The ideas of communism created by Karl Marx. It predicted the demise of the capitalist West.
Marxism-Leninism
The communist political ideology that gave legitimacy to the rule of the Communist Party. It combined Marxism with Lenin's democratic centralism
nomenklatura
the process of filling influential jobs in the state, society, or the economy with people approved and chosen by the Communist Party.
proletariat
workers
social mobility
the ability for individuals to change their social status over the course of their lifetimes
vanguard of the revolution
a group of revolutionary leaders who could provoke a revolution in non-capitalist Russia
asymmetric federalism
Some regions are more powerful than others, so power is devolved unequally across the country.
Boris Berezovsky
Russian who became a rich Oligarch by buying up Russian industries after the fall of Communism and the beginning of "shock therapy." He was exiled by the Russian government.
bolsheviks
Lenin's communist group that seized power in 1917.
boyars
Members of the Russian aristocracy
Catherine the Great
Helped build Russia into a great empire. They took control of Poland.
Central Committee
A group of 300 party leaders that met twice a year.
civil society in Russia
Russians did not generally have a lot of privacy free of state control, unlike the West. There are a limited number of private organizations.
collective farms
Large farms owned and run by the state
collectivization
The collecting of private industry under government ownership and control
Confederation of Independent States
An organization that weakly unites the fifteen former republics of the Soviet Union.
conflict in Chechnya
The largely Muslim population of this region in the Caucasus has been fighting for its independence
Constitution of 1993
Created the publicly-elected office of President, held in check by the Duma. It created a three-branch government. It is a semipresidential system and has a Constitutional Court
Constitutional Court
The judicial branch of the Russian Federation created by the Constitution of 1993. It is made up of nineteen members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Federation Council. It is in charge of making sure laws are constitutional.
Crimean War
Russia was defeated in this war in the mid-1800s. It convinced many that the tsars were moving Russia backward and needed reform.
CPRF
The Communist Party of the Russian Federation, it is the second-strongest party. The party emphasizes centralized planning and nationalism, and implies an intention to regain territories lost when the Soviet Union broke apart.
cultural heterogeneity in Russia
Russian diversity increased as Russia expanded its borders. Very diverse
Decembrist Revolt
Revolt by workers in 1825 resulting from frustration in the working class. It was crushed by Tsar Nicholas I
decrees
Orders from the President or leader.
de-Stalinization
Started by Krushchev's secret speech, this was a process that led to reforms such as loosening government censorship of the press, decentralization of economic decision-making, and restructuring of the collective farms.
Duma
Popularly-elected lower house of the legislature
equality of result in Russia
People receive the same, regardless of work or effort. Russians dislike inequality in wealth or income
federal government structure
Government with regional and centralized components.
Federation Council
The upper legislative house. It was originally filled by governors and regional heads, but now the governors pick the council members. This was done in conjunction with the President being able to appoint the governors. It is made up of two members from each of the 89 administrative districts.
Five Year Plans
Stalin's ambitious goals for production in heavy industry
general secretary
A powerful CPSU head
glasnost
An emphasis on freedom of speech and press started by Gorbachev
Mikhail Gorbachev
Final Party Secretary for the Communist Party before the Russian Federation.
Gorbachev's three-pronged reform plan
Gorbachev planned to save the country through his programs of glasnost, democratization, and perestroika
Gosplan
The Central State Planning Committee, the nerve-center for the economy
head of government
Prime Minister
head of state
President, this is a strong position in the Russian Government.
Nikita Krushchev
Party secretary following Stalin's demise. He started the process of de-Stalinization.
kulaks
Peasants who resisted Stalinism
Alexander Lebed
A prominent former general who gathered a following before the 1996 election and had to be courted by Yeltsin so that Boris could remain President.
Vladimir Lenin
Original leader of the Bolsheviks and first ruler of Communist Russia
Liberal Democrats
Third-largest party in Russia, and the most controversial... They are anti-semitic, and want to nuke Japan.
mafia
criminal conspiracy, organized crime
Dmitri Medvedev
Current president of the Russian Federation
Mensheviks
Led by Martov, they were communists who broke off from Lenin at the turn of the 20th century. They were generally for a larger group of revolutionaries than were the Bolsheviks.
nationality
The largest cleavage point in the Russian Federation, This is due to the fact that Russian territory covers so much and such diverse geography
near abroad
Those foreign countries that are close to Russia, particularly former Warsaw Pact and USSR members.
New Economic Policy
Started by Lenin in 1920, it allowed for private ownership under centralized leadership.
oligarchy
Rule by a few. In Russia these few control the majority of the economy.
perestroika
Gorbachev's economic reform that transferred many economic powers from the central government to private hands and the market economy.
Peter the Great
Russian Tsar from 17th and 18th Centuries who was the first "Westernizer." Tried to modernize Russia on the western model
politburo
The group of around a dozen men who ran the country, They were the heart and soul of the Communist Party.
proportional representation in Russia
Russia's lower house, the Duma, is elected only on party lists, and parties can only get seats if they receive 7% or more of the national votes.
Vladimir Putin
Second president of the Russian Federation, although he stepped down after his second term, he remains an influence through his position as PM
Red Army
Communist forces led by Lenin in the 1918 Civil War
White Army
Army led by former Russian military leaders in the 1918 Civil War. They were supported by the Allied Powers.
Russian Orthodox Church
The state church in Russia that was controlled by the tsars.
secret speech
Speech given by Krushchev in which he unveils a letter written by Lenin critical of Stalin's policies, particularly the purges
Slavophile
"lover of Slavs," tradition leads to pride in Slavic customs etc.
Westerner
Russians who want to follow the Western Model. Ex: Peter the Great
Stalinism
The two-pronged program of collectivization and industrialization. Executed with force and brutality by central planning
state corporatism
Government control of organizations, the government is "channeling" the voice of the people. Interest groups are controlled by the government.
statism in Russia
Russians would rather have a strong state to protect them over civil liberties
totalitarianism
Complete and invasive form of rule (control all aspects of life)
tsars
Historic autocratic rulers of Russia
United Russia Party
Founded as a merger of parties to support Putin after his election in 2000. (created in April, 2001). It is the major party in the Russian Federation.
Window on the West
St. Petersburg under Tsar Peter the Great, city on the Baltic Sea
Yabloko
The reformist party that best stands for pro-democracy. Led by Grigori Yavlinski, it does best with the intellectuals.
Boris Yeltsin
First President of the Russian Federation and former Soviet Politburo member
zemstvas
Regional assemblies started by Tsar Alexander II
Vladimir Zhirinovsky
Leader of the Liberal Democrats
Gennady Zyuganov
Leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation