Искушение России фашизмом

Сегодняшний Кремль полагает, что демократия в России была построена слишком быстро. Правительство напрямую не говорит, что оно против демократии, просто демократия является несвоевременной и должна быть отложена; эта логика проявляется в большинстве решений принимаемых властью.

Таким образом, демократическая система политических сдержек и противовесов, которая была создана в 1990-е годы, стала постепенно демонтироваться в начале текущего десятилетия. До 2000 года существовали влиятельные и независимые пресса и парламент, хотя и лояльные президенту, но все же независимые. Совет Федерации (верхняя палата Думы) также в целом был лоялен президенту, как и губернаторы регионов, но в тоже время и они оставались независимыми. К тому же существовали влиятельные организации предпринимателей, вовлеченные в процесс принятия решений. В результате исчезновения этих сдержек и противовесов качество принимаемых правительством решений резко упало.

Печально известный закон о монетизации социальных льгот, который заменяет различные льготы на денежные компенсации, - типичный тому пример. Несмотря на фундаментальный характер такого шага, закон было плохо подготовлен и приведен в исполнение, а правительство серьезно недооценило его воздействие на национальный бюджет. Кроме того, закон спровоцировал массовые социальные протесты, которые правительство, несомненно, не предвидело.

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