Moreover, under President Vladimir Putin the development of the
political system seems to have revived certain characteristics
typical of the traditional Russian state, including greater power
centralization and greater state intervention in solving major
political problems and directing vital national efforts.
put all the blame for the high social and economic cost of Russian
modernization on the liberal reformers. These critics say that the
reformers have misled the country by forcing on it a set of
attractive but fallacious liberal prescriptions. Others offer more
elaborate interpretations. They say that democracy and a market
economy, as such, are fine principles. However, Russia is not yet
ready to assimilate them. Russian society has not yet “matured” for
them and will need years and years before it learns how to utilize
the advantages offered by a democratic system of government and a
free economy. Only then will it be able to achieve decent living
standards comparable with the rest of the civilized world.
explanation finds fault not with the liberal concepts and democratic
principles, but with the country itself, whose inherent “defects” do
not allow it to capitalize on the benefits offered by Western
political and economic patterns.