Political and Social Values amid Reformation of the Society and the Electoral Law in Russia

  •  Arkadiy Shemelin    
  •  Evgeniy Drobotushenko    


The article asserts that moral priorities and the categories of fairness and the good have historically been a characteristic trait of the Russian intellectual community. The constitutional provisions for the rule of the people in the Soviet era largely changed the worldview of the Russians, but the electoral practice, created a negative attitude towards the idea of the formation of government bodies and participation in this process. Complexities of renewal of the electoral law consisted in the fact that the Russian reformers tried to adapt the Western concepts of constitutional law to conditions of a post-communist state. The period of democratic transformation in Russia became the longest, most confrontational and vulnerable in comparison to other former socialist states. Effectively, while acknowledging international standards, no one in Russia was willing to obey those acting in the role of teaching missionaries. Formation of bodies of people power took place under low quality of electoral law norms, and what are most important-in complicated conditions of establishment of liberal values, which resulted in the fact that the process of their establishment caused rejection of the liberal values themselves and raised a crucial issue of implementation of moral principles, related to the electoral process

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