The Choice for Modernization
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.
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