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Published on: December 23, 2015
Realism vs. Reality
The Implications of Russia’s Mafia State

Modern Russia, the Obama Administration seems to think, is a fairly normal autocracy with which one can ultimately cooperate on occasion. But reality has never quite fit this “realist” reading of Russia.

Maria Snegovaya is a fourth year PhD student in Political Science at Columbia University. She is a columnist at Russia's top business daily Vedomosti.
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