A Time Like No Other: Russian Politics after the End of History

Sergei Prozorov

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    Abstract

    The paper ventures a reading of Russian postcommunist politics from the perspective of the
    messianic turn in continental political philosophy, specifically Giorgio Agamben’s conception of
    the ‘end of history’. Taking its point of departure from a retrospective construction in the
    Russian political discourse of the 1990s as a period of ‘timelessness’, the paper argues that
    postcommunism may indeed be viewed as a paradoxical ‘time out of time’, a rupture in the
    ordinary temporality that entirely dispenses with the teleological horizon of politics. While the
    problematic of the ‘end of history’ has been popularised by Francis Fukuyama’s liberal recasting
    of Kojeve’s reading of Hegel, the Russian experience is entirely contrary to this complacent and
    self-gratifying account of the triumph of liberalism but rather accords with Agamben’s
    understanding of the end of history as the deactivation of the teleological dimension of politics as
    such. The paper concludes with outlining the implications of this reading of Russian
    postcommunism for understanding the present conjuncture of Russian politics, particularly the
    difference between the Yeltsin and the Putin presidencies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationCopenhagen, Denmark
    PublisherDanish Institute for International Studies
    Number of pages26
    ISBN (Print)87-7605-152-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

    Publication series

    NameDIIS working paper
    No.2006/17

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