The Great Transformation: How the Putin Plan Altered Russian Society
Institute for the Study of International Politics Policy Brief, No. 32, May 2009
6 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2011
Date Written: May 5, 2009
Although Vladimir Putin is widely credited with having restored Russia to economic growth, this is but one result of the much more ambitious “Putin Plan” for the social reconstruction of Russian society through stable economic growth and a sound legal environment. The Putin Plan originally had two phases, of which Putin managed to finish only the first, consolidation phase during his presidency. The second, reconstruction phase, currently being overseen by Dmitry Medvedev, is meant to create Russia's first truly liberal society, but its full implementation has been delayed by the collapse of the global economy. While many challenges remain for Russia, the enormous popularity of the “Putin Plan”, especially among young people, should allow Russia to emerge from the current global economic crisis in a good position for the future.
Keywords: Vladimir Putin, Russia, Putin Plan, Dmitry Medvedev, Legal Reform, Democratization
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