"Democratic values. Freedom a-la-russe" (by Nelli Romanovitch) raises the question
of social and
cultural causes for a specific attitude prevailing among Russians towards democratic
her conclusions on an analysis of opinion polls in Voronezh region (European Russia)
some bases for an arguable exchange of democratic values for safety and life comfort
hypotheses is put forward stipulating that Russians' 'indifference' to democratic
values might be linked to
specific image of the state dominant in Russians' consciousness. State according
to the Russian ideal
pattern would be rooted in religious and cultural traditions of Christian Orthodox
freedom, - a notion by far not extinguished under conditions of Russian modernity.
This hypothesis is yet
to be studied in a wider societal context.