Aleksei Naval’nyi and Populist Re-ordering of Putin’s Stability

Jussi Pekka Lassila

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    This essay examines Aleksei Naval’nyi’s political discourse in order to answer the question why Naval’nyi in particular has become the most visible oppositional figure in Russia since 2011–2012. It is argued that the principal reason for Naval’nyi’s success lies in his populist re-ordering of Putin’s eclectic principles of people, patriotism and the rule of law. By simplifying the political space between ‘us and them’ under his anti-corruption activism Naval’nyi has managed to challenge the regime in its own terms. At the same time this straightforward style separates him from Russia’s other political figures who have been unable to provide compelling ideas for
    larger oppositional mobilisation. In this respect, regarding Russia’s weak political institutions, eclectic usage of political ideas and personalistic political culture, Naval’nyi appears to be a natural alternative.
    TidskriftEurope - Asia Studies
    Sidor (från-till)118–137
    Antal sidor20
    StatusPublicerad - 2016
    MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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