Мягкий авторитаризм Путина

В последнее время по Москве ходит шутка: американцы не знали, кто их президент, спустя два месяца после их последних президентских выборов, а мы, россияне, знали, кто займёт место в Кремле, за два года до наших последних президентских выборов.

Российские политические круги имеют более чем достаточно оснований втайне цинично гордиться придуманной ими системой - она гарантирует нужные результаты. Несмотря на отсутствие драмы, интриги и конкуренции, выборы были важны не потому, что российские политические круги отказались от всех ключевых элементов подлинно демократических избирательных процедур, а потому, что они подвели черту под либерально-демократическим экспериментом в России, узаконивая новую российскую политическую систему Путина.

Какова же природа этой новой системы? Демократия ли это с добавлением разных прилагательных, таких как "управляемая" демократия, "нелиберальная" демократия или "избирательная" демократия? Только немногие знатоки упрямо придерживаются этого подхода. Или эта система - просто власть коварного приверженца авторитаризма? Эта точка зрения уже стала общепринятой, не только в Америке, но и в Европе.

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