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In Russia, a Social Contract Built on Bravado

Ksenia Semenova
Board of Contributors
Nov 6, 2017 | 15:01 GMT
A supporter of Russia's Communist Party brandishes a poster bearing infamous Soviet leader Josef Stalin's likeness during a May Day celebration.

Russia's social contract has endured one experiment after another over the past century as the Russian Revolution, the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet system transformed the country. The system has undergone so many permutations that today it is all but obsolete, and no rule is too fundamental to break.

(KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russians are catching on to the one-sidedness of their arrangement with their leaders. But whatever the shortcomings of the government's social contract, national pride and geopolitical bluster have masked them....

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