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Notes- Comparative Government- Class 12600Brezhnev corruption was rampant elite members of the party lived quite well and there was a very active black markettries to deal with the alcohol problemsuggests various reforms to get rid of some of the corruptiononly there two years so very few reformsglasnost- openness independent newspapers could rise criticism of the government was allowed perestroika economic restructuring to introduce capitalismgross underestimation of the problems plaguing Sov Union did not have any clear priorities goal was illusivelacked an appreciation for the failure of the nationalities policy indecisive because he was trying to please everyonehe was a Marxist so it was hard for him to make any major changesinstead of going through proper channels he pronounced his changesCoup in 1991 failed because of Boris Yeltsin dissolution of SU and then in Dec resignation of Gorbachev formed Commonwealth of Independent States--- no real powerCIS is similar to British Commonwealth of NationsRussian Federation created by Constitution in 1993Boris Yeltsin who headed the Russian-Soviet Federated Republic was elected in 1991 runs for election in 1995 2 4-year term limitsConstitution does give the President a lot of power most of power is vested in Preshas to appoint Prime Minster which has to be approved by legislative branchif State Duma disapproves then the Constitution gives the President the right to re-submit the persons name if they disapprove again then he can resubmit once again and if they disapprove he can dissolve the Duma then there is new electioncan veto legislation coming out of the legislature450 members elected for 4 year termpass bills approve budget have power of confirmation of Prime Minister and Cabinet Membersif President vetoes a law passed by Duma then they can override veto by 23 vote Russians use split ballot like Germanymust get 5 of the vote nationwide to be represented via Prop RepUpper House called Federation Consulequiv US Senate 89 units states and each unit has 2 representativesonly one that can change inside boundaries
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