Scientific section. Politology

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.

Election Control: Political and Legal Aspects

ВIn Russian practice, election control is a part of any election campaign. According to the current electoral legislation of the Russian Federation, a fairly wide range of people have the right to exercise control, in addition, web cameras are used at polling stations for observation. The amendments to the electoral legislation of the Russian Federation are aimed at strengthening control over the voting process and counting the votes of voters in elections.

ДSpiritual and Moral Condition of Modern Russian Society: Political-Ideological Determinants

The article describes the spiritual and moral condition of modern Russian society Its conditionality by political and ideological factors is shown. The need to develop the whole state policy in the spiritual and moral sphere is justified.

Evolution of the Functionality of Ideologies in Party Building in Modern Russia

The article deals with the main trends in the evolution of the functionality of ideologies in the activities of parties in post-Soviet Russia. It is concluded that in modern conditions the traditional role of ideologies as an identifier and marking factor of parties in the political space is significantly reduced. At the same time, the motivational role of various ideological values, which are most often used by parties, regardless of the formal declaration of commitment to a particular ideology, continues to be significant.

“Historical Method” of Modern Political Research: Problems of Interpretation

The subject of analysis in this article is the meaning of the “historical method”, on which domestic political studies are based today. The author comes to the conclusion that this meaning is close to that which is followed by representatives of other modern humanitarian sciences when they use the general scientific “historical method” to study the order and dynamics of changes in natural and social systems in the past. This meaning, however, is variable.

Problematics of Political Functionality of the State in the Scientific Discourse of Post-Soviet Russia

This article presents the main directions of analysis of the political functionality of the state in the domestic scientific discourse in the post-Soviet period, explains the prevalence of law research of this problem. The main interpretations of the concept of state functions and the main criteria for their classification are examined, the peculiarities of understanding and interpreting the political functions of the state are revealed.

The Phenomenon of Political Stability in the Face of Declining Living Standards of the Population on the Example of Russian Province

The article discusses the nature of the phenomenon of socio-political stability in modern Russia with a decrease in living standards and real incomes, which is noted in recent years against the background of economic recession. As part of the study of the phenomenon considered by the ANO “Institute of Public and Political Communications” in June 2018, a large-scale study was conducted among residents of the North-Eastern districts of the Voronezh region and the city of Borisoglebsk.