The Soviet legacy and Russian federalism, 1991–93

Cameron Ross

in Federalism and Democratisation in Russia

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780719058691
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700174 | DOI:
The Soviet legacy and Russian federalism, 1991–93

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This chapter examines the origins of Russia's ethno-territorial form of federalism. The USSR's adoption of an ‘ethno-territorial’ form of federalism was originally designed as a temporary measure, adopted to entice the non-Russian nationalities to join the union. The discussion considers federalism and nationalism under Gorbachev; the foundations of Russia's constitutional institutions; and the Federal Treaty of March 31, 1992 which created an ‘asymmetrical federation’ with the rights granted to the ethnic republics far outweighing those given to the territorially based regions.

Keywords: Russia federalism; Soviet Union; USSR; Gorbachev; constitutional institutions; ethnic republics

Chapter.  4734 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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