Congratulations! You have completed Lesson 1.
Questions for discussion:
1. What is the significance of “the institution of an heir (successor)” in Russia and how does it influence contemporary politics and the state of democracy in Russia?
2. Irina Khakamada calls Russia a “Byzantine country.” What does she mean by that?
Can President Putin, according to Khakamada, successfully lead Russia on the way to further democratic reforms? You can supplement your answer to this question with outside sources.
3. Do you agree that Khakamada’s decision to run for president was a step towards building civil society in Russia?