Scientific section. Politology

Myth of Historical Memory’s Political Functionality in the Present Context

The article presents analysis of pragmatic motives that stimulate civil societies and governing elites in our country and throughout the world to change their attitude to historic memory and mythological views on its political functionality. Special attention is paid to the paradox taking place in Russian and foreign liberal and democratic politics.

Post-Soviet Communist State Designing

Main directions and features of communist political designing in post-soviet Russia are considered in the article. Having analyzed theoretical, program, and electoral materials of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, the author makes an inference that modern communist leaders try to synthesize two “sovereign” projects of statebuilding – imperial and soviet ones. This project departs from class and ideological evaluations that are usual for communists.

Social Justice as a Value Guide for Changing the Constitution of the Russian Federation

The article is about key value models of social justice presented in the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the level they are embodied in real social, political, and economic life of modern Russia. The author evaluates constitutional changes proposed in terms of their correspondence to popular visions of social justice and fair structure of society.

The Issue of Reforming Higher Education within the Scholarly Discourse of Modern Russia

The article considers key problems and controversies of higher education system in contemporary Russia, main interpretations of their reasons and ways of solution presented within domestic scholarly discourse.

Social Media as a Tool for the Formation of the Political Picture of the World of Modern Youth (Examplefied by Nizhny Novgorod Region)

The article is based on the material of applied research conducted among students of N. Novgorod, studying the political values of young people developing in the communicative space of social media, the role of network space in shaping the value picture of the world of youth, taking into account the logic of development and functioning of virtual space, its features and principles. The specifics of the impact of social media on the political consciousness (perception) of youth is analyzed, the methodological basis of which was the theory of social networks, P.

Specifics of Using Game Practices in the Framework of Forming the Political Culture of Modern Russian Youth (On the Example of the Analysis of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs)

The article highlights the main difficulties in implementing youth policy in modern Russia. The paper analyzes the use of game models in the activities of public authorities in the field of youth policy on the example of the Federal Agency for youth Affairs.

Political Protest: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches and Interpretations

The relevance of the study is due to the activation of protest moods in modern Russia, which in case of untimely reaction on the part of the authorities can take an unpredictable, destructive nature. The article is devoted to the study of different approaches in the interpretation of the concept of «protest voting», the analysis of protest voting as a form of manifestation of political protest, the definition of its universal characteristics.

Party and Ideological Context of Changes of the Constitution of the Russian Federation

The article considers party and ideological context of the way the Russian Constitution and its possible changes are perceived. Based on the analysis of stances of the leading political parties’ leaders, representing ideological segments of modern Russia, an inference is made that majority of them seek to gain political and image advantage from the discussion of the President’s bill. Flawing from these intentions, a forecast is substantiated that the bill will be supported in State Duma by not only “United Russia”, but by Liberal and Democratic Party of Russia and “Fair Russia” as well.

“Value” as a Prerequisite to the Quality of Modern Political Science Research (Part Two)

The article is the second part (a continuation) of the research aimed at defining reasons of heightened interest of Russian academia to using the notion “value of a study” as a tool of evaluation the quality of scholarly product. In this part, the author analyzes hindrances caused by demands to experts to specify what exactly makes a new, topical, theoretically and practically significant research “valuable” in terms of world and domestic science.

Political Resource Potential of Regional Mass Media in Modern Russia (Exemplified by State Tele- and Radio Company “Saratov”)

The article contains results of regional media landscape analysis conducted through the lens of political resource potential of mass media in modern Russia. Having defined the key elements of political resource potential, the authors assess ability of the State tele- and radio company “Saratov” to affect regional political process. An inference is made that, compared with non-governmental mass media, media outlets comprising the aforementioned holding company, as a rule, have greater potential for political influence.