Weimar Russia? Why Post-Soviet Authoritarianism Did Not Turn Fascist | Wilson Center
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Weimar Russia? Why Post-Soviet Authoritarianism Did Not Turn Fascist

The speaker will compare inter-war Germany and post-communist Russia, and compare both nations’ very different political paths. Like in Weimar Germany, in today’s Russia, fascist actors are present, and nationalism is widespread in the population. The post-Soviet Russian situation is, however, distinct from the inter-war German one in that the party system is heavily manipulated and the third sector remains underdeveloped. Fascists have thus neither had a chance to use elections nor did they have the opportunity to penetrate civil society in order to build up political support. The continuing presence of a resolutely authoritarian, yet non-fascist "national leader" (Vladimir Putin) is a hindrance for the country to become a liberal democracy, but makes it, for the time being, also improbable that the Russian regime will transgress towards fascism.

The talk is based on an article co-authored by Steffen Kailitz, Research Fellow, Hannah Arendt Institute for the Study of Totalitarianism, Dresden University of Technology. To read the article, please click here:


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The Kennan Institute speaker series is made possible through the generous support of the Title VIII Program of the U.S. Department of State.


  • Andreas Umland

    Former Short-Term Grant
    Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kyiv