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A cat's lick; democratisation and minority communities in the post-Soviet Baltic.


A cat's lick; democratisation and minority communities in the post-Soviet Baltic.

Agarin, Timofey.

Editions Rodopi


379 pages



On the boundary of two worlds; identity, freedom, and moral imagination in the Baltics; 22


Agarin, a research fellow at the University of Aberdeen, compares the extent of democratization among the three Baltic states, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania as demonstrated through the level of their inclusion of Russian and Polish speaking minorities in the democratic process. He argues that, although the current governments were set up to conform to a democratic standard, it is impossible to legislate participation among the general population. Russian speakers are ostracized in business and social circles due to a lingering resentment over the decades of Soviet domination. He concludes that it is possible for these countries to have enduring democracies but that much work remains to be done. This interesting investigation is marred by the lack of an index and by many grammatical errors and sentences using Russian construction, making the text difficult to follow. Prices are converted from Euros and subject to fluctuation.

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Date:Aug 1, 2010
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