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RussiaThe Challenges of Transformation$
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Piotr Dutkiewicz and Dmitri Trenin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814785003

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814785003.001.0001

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The Choice for Modernization

(p.191) Chapter Seven Elites

Leonid Grigoriev

, Siriol Hugh-Jones
NYU Press

This chapter defines the composition of various elite groups in Russia, as well as their evolution and links to the respective Soviet-era groups. Historically, splits within the elites created openings for political and social evolution. The chapter reveals relations among these elite groups, looking at who influences/controls whom and who is relatively autonomous. It also studies the relations between the elites and the rest of society, notably the middle classes. Furthermore, the chapter considers the question of whether entry to the elites is blocked now, and how those suppressed middle classes become politically passive or express opposition to the elites.

Keywords:   elite groups, political evolution, social evolution, elites, middle classes

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