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The Russian ParliamentInstitutional Evolution in a Transitional Regime, 1989-1999$
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Thomas F. Remington

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300084986

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300084986.001.0001

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The Power Game in Russia, 1990–1993

The Power Game in Russia, 1990–1993

(p.84) Chapter 4 The Power Game in Russia, 1990–1993
The Russian Parliament

Thomas F. Remington

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the power play in Russian politics involving Boris Yeltsin and the other RSFSR leaders over the organization of legislative and executive power in the Russian Republic, Russia and the union, and parliament within Russia itself during 1990–1993. It revisits the evolution of constitutional arrangements in this period using the congresses as landmarks and looks at the Supreme Soviet's passage of hundreds of laws as well as its preparation of texts of some of the constitutional amendments to be considered by the congress. It first discusses Soviet federalism and how political mobilization of the electorate influenced the 1990 elections. It then explores the democrats' early tactical victories, the creation of the presidency, the struggle for supremacy between the president and the parliament, Yeltsin's use of emergency powers to fight the deepening crisis in the country, and the referendum of 1993 to decide who should rule between the president and the parliament.

Keywords:   parliament, Supreme Soviet, Russia, politics, Boris Yeltsin, congresses, constitutional amendments, federalism, emergency powers, referendum

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