Scientific section. Politology

The Public Control at the Political System of the Russian Region: Problems and Prospects of Development

The article analyzes the current state and prospects of political institutionalization of public control in the regions of the Russian Federation. The author highlights key areas and problematic aspects of the participation of public institutions in shaping the political space of the region, assesses trends in the development of the political and legal mechanism of interaction between civil society and government in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, and formulates proposals aimed at increasing the effectiveness of public control subjects.

Political and Seamlessly Integrated Advertising: Problems of Legal Regulation and Directions of Their Solution

The article deals with the problems of legislative regulation of political and organically integrated advertising, as well as the balance between political advertising, electoral campaigning, campaigning on referendum, and social advertising. It is concluded that there is a need for the adoption of a new law “On political advertising”, which extends the principles of integrity and reliability used for commercial advertising for political advertising, as well as fixes other restrictions for it acting for standard forms of advertising.

Political Technology of Region Branding as a Possibility of Forming Its Positive Image and Increasing Investment Attractiveness

The paper discusses issues of the Russian Federation regions branding on the example of the Saratov Region. Regional executive authorities’ actions on the official symbols introduction and creation of territory brand, as well as development of investors informational support system through the Investment Portal of the Saratov Region in order to create regional positive image are analyzed. The practicability of the Saratov Region branding at the current stage of economic development is identified and justified.

Strategy of Employment: in Search of Conceptual Justification of Innovation Policy

The paper considered approaches to definition of strategy of employment, one of the most widespread concepts of modern researches of labor market. Features of each approach are described: their key categories, methodological assumptions and turning out typology. Restrictions are specified in application of the described approaches and a way of their overcoming. We show proximity of strategy of employment to other concepts – to the labor, professional, career strategy and we also prove their allocation in independent category in a type of global changes of the sphere of  employment.

Velvet Revolution in Armenia: Challenges and Opportunities

In the understanding of the Velvet revolution in Armenia, an important role belongs to the logic of the post-Soviet space. Like other post-Soviet states Armenia was doomed to become a country with an oligarchic authoritarian political order. The important element of the post-Soviet transit of Armenia became the Artsakh problem. The April 2016 war made it obvious that under the conditions of an oligarchic authoritarian political order, Armenia is doomed to military defeat, which ultimately led to the 2018 Velvet revolution.

Ethnosystem of Russian Arctic in the Context of Northern Ecosystem: Understanding the Specific of Ethnopolitics in Polar Mega-Region

This paper examines crucial characteristics of the ethnopolitical situation at Russian Arctic and sub-Arctic. Accumulated and deferred ethnic problems of the region are in the center of analysis. The authors proposes the new analytical perspective – to consider the ethnosystem of the Arctic in close connection with the polar ecosystem which allows for ethnopolitical analysis in terms of a single eco-social system.

Documentary Movie as a Mean of Political Propaganda: Classical and Innovative Approaches in a Digital Epoch

The article is devoted to the disclosure of certain aspects of the use of documentary movie as a tool to promote political ideas in modern conditions of development of information and network communications. We consider the classical and innovative techniques, methods and forms of attracting the audience’s attention to documentaries; methods of distribution, advertising, promotion of documentary films; mechanisms that enhance the propaganda effect of movies. A strong accent is made on the contemporary documentaries spectacularity as a key factor of propaganda influence.

“Historical” and “Retrospective” Methods of Modern Political Research: Problems of Applying

The article is about analysis of problems connected to applying “historical” and “retrospective” methods used in political science research. Levels of such problems are indicated. On the first level, these problems appear in the wake of political scientists’ attempts to use intuition while using those methods. The second level problems imply using definitions of “historical” and “retrospective” methods which are the most comprehensible for young scholars and relate to ambiguity and inaccuracy of the terms.

The Left Segment of Party System in Modern Russia: Problems and Prospects

The article considers and evaluates program features of the leading political parties of the left spectrum within the context of prospects of their further development and possibilities of unification. The author concludes that, in the run up to State Duma and presidential elections, those parties will face the necessity of fundamental organizational, leadership, and ideological renovation.

The Features of the Evolution of Iran’s Public Diplomacy in Central Asia

The article is concerned with the analysis of the evolution of Iranian public diplomacy in Central Asia. The author examines the circumstances of revitalization, development features and the current state of Iran’s public diplomacy in the region. The author argues that despite the cultural and civilizational resource on which Iranian soft power in the region relies, the political and ideological features of the new independent states limit Iranian public diplomacy to a certain extent.