Problems of Post-Communism January 2014 Table of Contents: Sochi Olympics issue

Volume 61 Number 1 / January-February 2014 of Problems of Post-Communism is now available on the web site.

This is a special issue focusing on various aspects of the Sochi Olympics. The introduction, by Richard Arnold and Andrew Foxall, is freely available to all readers.

The other articles are written by some of the foremost experts on Russian politics from Russia, the United States, and Europe and address in greater detail some of the issues outlined in the introduction. Sufian Zhemukhov and Robert W. Orttung examine how Russia has orchestrated its security preparations prior to the beginning of the Games. Their insightful article recalls the 1972 Olympics, in which Palestinian terrorists took Israeli athletes hostage. They address security preparations at the federal level and the decision in 2010 to carve off the North Caucasus federal district from the Southern federal district. Realizing the impossibility of pacifying the entire region before the Olympics, Moscow assigned the most dangerous areas to the North Caucasus federal district and Krasnodar and Sochi to the Southern federal district. This move created its own set of problems, however, as nationalists in Stavropol krai tried to have their region redistricted out of the North Caucasus.

Bo Petersson explores how the Olympic Games provide Russia with an opportunity to “live out” its “great-power myth.” Positioning Sochi 2014 in the context of earlier Olympic Games, some of which were used for political purposes (for example, those in Munich in 1936), Petersson argues that President Putin has used the Olympics as a way to present himself as both the embodiment and the ideal guarantor of Russia’s great-power heritage. This presentation has become increasingly shaky since antigovernment protests began in Russia in the winter of 2011–2012. Precisely because of its location in the North Caucasus, Petersson argues, Sochi provides the perfect site for Russia to restore its “great-power”’ status.

Natalia Gronskaya and Andrey Makarychev approach the 2014 Sochi Games by analyzing reports in the Russian-language press, both print and electronic. Because almost all journalistic media in Russia are either state-owned or closely aligned with the Kremlin, Gronskaya and Makarychev argue that their analysis provides insights into official narratives of and attitudes toward the Games. Basing their analysis on the concept of “sovereign power,” the authors explore the multitude of (sometimes conflicting) meanings attached to sovereignty in the context of Sochi 2014. Ultimately, they find that the Kremlin has used the Games to portray Russia as “normalized,” meaning that they represent Russia’s return to great-power status. However, gross corruption and widespread mismanagement have somewhat undercut Russia’s avowed used of the Games to boost national patriotism.

In addition to the articles on the Olympics, the issue also includes an article by Stephen Wegren examining rural inequality in Russia. Wegren shows that rural inequality has increased significantly in the post-Soviet period, thereby mirroring trends in society at large. The article analyzes four dimensions of rural inequality. Urban-rural income differences are shown to have widened. Income inequality and stratification is documented between agricultural workers, across agricultural professions, and within agricultural professions. Underlying the increase in income inequality is a change in sources of income. The post-Soviet period has witnessed significant change in households’ mixed income strategy for upper income households, less so for lower income households. Finally, wealth inequality is examined. Upper income households have more present-day wealth and also have engaged in behavior that will most likely lead to greater wealth in the future.

Lord of the (Five) Rings: Issues at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games: Guest Editors’ Introduction pp. 3 – 12
Richard Arnold and Andrew Foxall
Munich Syndrome: Russian Security in the 2014 Sochi Olympics pp. 13 – 29
Sufian Zhemukhov and Robert W. Orttung
Still Embodying the Myth?: Russia’s Recognition as a Great Power and the Sochi Winter Games pp. 30 – 40
Bo Petersson
The 2014 Sochi Olympics and “Sovereign Power”: A Political Linguistic Perspective pp. 41 – 51
Natalia Gronskaya and Andrey Makarychev
Rural Inequality in Post-Soviet Russia pp. 52 – 64
Stephen K. Wegren

Problems of Post-Communism November 2013 Table of Contents

Volume 60 Number 6 / November-December 2013 of Problems of Post-Communism is now available on the web site.

This issue contains:

Russian Citizenship: Modernization and Population Policy in Historical Perspective  p. 3
Eric Lohr
Subaltern Empire?: Toward a Postcolonial Approach to Russian Foreign Policy  p. 16
Viatcheslav Morozov
Russia’s Afghanistan Debate: Managing Fear of and in the West  p. 29
Andrei P. Tsygankov
Anatoly Serdyukov and the Russian Military: An Exercise in Confusion  p. 42
Dale Herspring

Problems of Post-Communism, September 2013 Table of Contents

Volume 60 Number 5 / September-October 2013 of Problems of Post-Communism is now available on the web site.

This issue contains:

Russian Unions as Political Actors  p. 3
Irina Olimpieva, Robert W. Orttung
State Regulation of Religion and Radicalism in the Post-Communist Muslim Republics  p. 17
Dilshod Achilov, Renat Shaykhutdinov
Standing for Reelection Under Different Rules: Evidence from the Romanian Legislature  p. 34
Mihail Chiru, Sergiu Gherghina, Laurentiu Stefan
Recent Restorative Justice Measures in Romania (2006-2010)  p. 45
Monica Ciobanu

Problems of Post-Communism, July 2013 Table of Contents

Volume 60 Number 4 / July-August 2013 of Problems of Post-Communism is now available on the web site.

Research in Communist Countries: A Set of Personal Accounts by American Social Scientists: Guest Editor’s Introduction pp. 3 – 5
Marilyn Rueschemeyer
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600400
While the Train Was Stopped: Leningrad, 1977 pp. 6 – 11
Thomas F. Remington
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600401
Adventures in Socialism: Research and Life in Yugoslavia and Hungary pp. 12 – 21
Ellen Comisso
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600402
Doing Political Science Research in Husák’s Czechoslovakia pp. 22 – 27
Sharon L. Wolchik
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600403
Engaged Ethnography Under Communist Rule: Sociology, Solidarity, and Poland pp. 28 – 34
Michael D. Kennedy
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600404
An Anthropologist in Communist Romania, 1973-1988 pp. 35 – 42
Katherine Verdery
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600405
Sociological Explorations in the German Democratic Republic, 1975-1989 pp. 43 – 49
Marilyn Rueschemeyer
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600406
A Career in Soviet Studies: Passion, Focus, and Methods pp. 50 – 58
George W. Breslauer
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600407
Ellen Turkish Comisso, 1947-2013: Our Thanks, Ellen pp. 59 – 60
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600408

Problems of Post-Communism, May 2013 Table of Contents

Volume 60 Number 3 / May-June 2013 of Problems of Post-Communism is now available on the web site.

Sovereign Democracy, Populism, and Depoliticization in Russia: Power and Discourse During Putin’s First Presidency pp. 3 – 15
Philipp Casula
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600301
Cartographic Exhibitionism?: Visualizing the Territory of Armenia and Karabakh pp. 16 – 35
Laurence Broers and Gerard Toal
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600302
Between God and Caesar: The Religious, Social, and Political Values of Chinese Christians pp. 36 – 48
Yang Zhong
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600303
Czech and Slovak Defense Policies Since 1999: The Impact of Europeanization pp. 49 – 62
Zdeněk Kříž and Martin Chovančík
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600304

Problems of Post-Communism, March 2013 Table of Contents

Volume 60 Number 2 / March-April 2013 of Problems of Post-Communism is now available on the web site.

Cracks in the Wall: Challenges to Electoral Authoritarianism in Russia pp. 3 – 10
Vladimir Gel’man
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600201
Protesting Putinism: The Election Protests of 2011-2012 in Broader Perspective pp. 11 – 23
Graeme Robertson
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600202
A Well-Organized Play: Symbolic Politics and the Effect of the Pro-Putin Rallies pp. 24 – 39
Regina Smyth, Anton Sobolev, Irina Soboleva
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600203
Beyond Bolotnaia: Bridging Old and New in Russia’s Election Protest Movement pp. 40 – 52
Samuel A. Greene
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600204
The New Social Media in Russia: Political Blogging by the Government and the Opposition pp. 53 – 62
Nicole Bode and Andrey Makarychev
DOI: 10.2753/PPC1075-8216600205

Problems of Post-Communism, January 2013 Table of Contents

Volume 60 Number 1 / January-February 2013 of Problems of Post-Communism is now available on the web site at

This issue contains:

Populism and the Construction of Political Charisma: Post-Transition Politics in Bulgaria  p. 3
Boris Gurov, Emilia Zankina
How Stable Is the New Kim Jong-un Regime?: A Revolution in North Korea?  p. 18
Mun Suk Ahn
When External Leverage Fails: The Case of Yulia Tymoshenko’s Trial  p. 29
Serhiy Kudelia
The European Union in Kosovo: Reflecting on the Credibility and Efficiency Deficit  p. 43
Nikolaos Tzifakis
Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector in Serbia: Perceived Effects  p. 55
Vanja Rokvić, Željko Ivaniš

Problems of Post-Communism, November 2012 Table of Contents

Volume 59 Number 6 / November-December 2012 of Problems of Post-Communism is now available on the ME Sharpe web site at

This issue contains:

The 2012 Political Reform in Russia: The Interplay of Liberalizing Concessions and Authoritarian Corrections  p. 3
Grigorii V. Golosov
Modernization and Historical Memory in Russia: Two Sides of the Same Coin  p. 15
Miguel Vázquez Liñán
Reforming Post-Communist Welfare States: Family Policy in Poland, Hungary, and Romania Since 2000  p. 27
Tomasz Inglot, Dorottya Szikra, Cristina Raţ
Civil Society with Chinese Characteristics?: An Examination of China’s Urban Homeowners’ Committees and Movements  p. 50
Ngeow Chow Bing
A Salute to Ronald Linden, Outgoing Associate Editor of Problems of Post-Communism and a Welcome to Sherrill Stroschein, Incoming Associate Editor of Problems of Post-Communism  p. 64
Dmitry Gorenburg, Editor

Problems of Post-Communism, September 2012 Table of Contents

Volume 59 Number 5 / September-October 2012 of Problems of Post-Communism is now available on the web site at

This issue contains:

Post-Communist Courts: Independence, Accountability, and Popular Trust: Guest Editor’s Introduction  p. 3
Maria Popova
Courts, Police, and Journalists: Overlooked Support for Press Freedom in Post-Soviet Authoritarian States  p. 6
Sophia Wilson
Suing Russia at Home  p. 18
Alexei Trochev
Why Doesn’t the Bulgarian Judiciary Prosecute Corruption?  p. 35
Maria Popova
Judicial Self-Governance and the Rule of Law: Evidence from Romania and the Czech Republic  p. 50
Daniel J. Beers
My Perestroika and Russian Politics  p. 68
Timothy Frye

Problems of Post-Communism, July 2012 Table of Contents

Volume 59 Number 4 / July-August 2012 of Problems of Post-Communism is now available on web site at

This issue contains:

Economic Trends as an Identity Marker?: The Pamiri Trade Niche with China and Afghanistan  p. 3
Sébastien Peyrouse
The Continuing Reorganization of Russia’s Environmental Bureaucracy: Regional Interpretation and the Response of Key Actors  p. 15
Jo Crotty, Peter Rodgers
Kim Jong-il’s Death and His Son’s Strategy for Seizing Power in North Korea  p. 27
Mun Suk Ahn
Reducing Inflation in Ex-Communist Economies: Independent Central Banks Versus Financial Sector Development  p. 38
Jane Bogoev, Goran Petrevski, Bruno S. Sergi
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Impact on Central Asian Security: A View from Kazakhstan  p. 56
Roger N. McDermott