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Rule by Bureaucracy in Russia


The fall of the communist regime brought the Soviet state down with it and the reconstruction of a system of government in Russia is a long and arduous business. Even so, public administration is holding its own with astonishing robustness. It has rapidly adapted and made use of the legal and political vacuum to play the major role in dividing the spoils from the Soviet state. Senior officials have turned into owners; the instances are many of state employees who still hold administrative power and now manage assets that they own, at least in part. The demise of the most bureaucratic and arbitrary regime the twentieth century has seen was marked by the triumph of the bureaucrats who understood fairly early on that appropriation of state assets afforded the new guarantee of exercising power. Property and money have conquered Russia within a few years, providing a choice terrain wherein administrative corruption can thrive. The transformation of Russia has been carried out not by adventurers moving in but by the nomenklatura; regional governors, city mayors, major industrialists and their organizations are the ones running the country.
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Marie Mendras. Rule by Bureaucracy in Russia. Donatella Della Porta and Yves Mény (Eds). Democracy and Corruption in Europe, Pinter, pp.118-131, 1997, 9781474212434. ⟨10.5040/⟩. ⟨hal-03910548⟩
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