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Mi Lennhag

Mi Lennhag

Doctoral student

Mi Lennhag

Blaming the State or Sharing Responsibility - The Ukrainian Maidan Movement and Changing Opinions on Ukrainian and Russian Corruption

Author

  • Mi Lennhag

Summary, in English

This article examines how ordinary Russian and Ukrainian citizens experience and relate to extensive and pervasive corruption (high- level, everyday, political) in everyday discussions and demands – in relation to authorities, politicians, civil servants, and fellow citizens. Anonymous interviews conducted in Ukraine and Kaliningrad oblast from 2009 to 2014 show differences in anti-corruption demands and citizens’ attitudes to the states’ versus individuals’ roles and whom to blame for corruption. National corruption debates and quantitative surveys enhance our understanding. In Kaliningrad, citizens continued seeing the state as the main enemy blamed for corruption. Along with the Maidan events, corruption became more significant in Ukrainian everyday discussions, civil society, and media debate. Individuals in Ukraine, unlike in Russia, started to elaborate “personal” or “shared” responsibility regarding corruption. The interview material indicates that abrupt changes in attitudes to corruption are possible.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2015

Language

English

Pages

96-109

Publication/Series

Baltic Worlds

Issue

3-4

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

CBEES

Topic

  • Political Science

Keywords

  • Kaliningrad
  • Russia
  • Corruption
  • Ukraine
  • Maidan
  • Political Science

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 2000-2955