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Federalism and Democratisation in Russia$
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Cameron Ross

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719058691

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719058691.001.0001

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The Soviet legacy and Russian federalism, 1991–93

The Soviet legacy and Russian federalism, 1991–93

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Federalism and Democratisation in Russia

Cameron Ross

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the origins of Russia's ethno-territorial form of federalism. The USSR's adoption of an ‘ethno-territorial’ form of federalism was originally designed as a temporary measure, adopted to entice the non-Russian nationalities to join the union. The discussion considers federalism and nationalism under Gorbachev; the foundations of Russia's constitutional institutions; and the Federal Treaty of March 31, 1992 which created an ‘asymmetrical federation’ with the rights granted to the ethnic republics far outweighing those given to the territorially based regions.

Keywords:   Russia federalism, Soviet Union, USSR, Gorbachev, constitutional institutions, ethnic republics

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