Putin's Russia as a fascist political system

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There is a broad consensus among students of contemporary Russia that the political system constructed by Vladimir Putin is authoritarian and that he plays a dominant role in it. By building and expanding on these two features and by engaging in a deconstruction and reconstruction of the concept of fascism, this article suggests that the Putin system may plausibly be termed fascist. Not being a type of group, disposition, politics, or ideology, fascism may be salvaged from the conceptual confusion that surrounds it by being conceived of as a type of authoritarian political system. Fascism may be defined as a popular fully authoritarian political system with a personalistic dictator and a cult of the leader-a definition that makes sense conceptually as well as empirically, with respect to Putin's Russia and related fascist systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-36
Number of pages12
JournalCommunist and Post-Communist Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Authoritarianism
  • Fascism
  • Nationalism
  • Personality cult
  • Political system


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