Central European Journal of Politics

Peer-Reviewed Journal

The Central European Journal of Politics is the official journal of the Central European Political Science Association (CEPSA) and is indexed in the DOAJ, ERIH Plus and Index Copernicus

Central European Journal of Politics, Vol. 9, No. 1 (2023)



Olga Nadskakuła-Kaczmarczyk: Repression in Russia: The evolution of the political system

Abstract: The article presents the evolution of repressive politics in Russia, with particular emphasis on the lead-up to the State Duma election of 2021. Exploring how the Russian ruling elite intensified political repression against both critics of the political regime and independent social groups which had not been persecuted before 2021, the article demonstrates what effect the political persecutions have had on the regime. The main finding of the paper is that the repressions resulted not only in the destruction of anti-system oppositional structures (in particular those created by the politician Alexei Navalny) but also in severe disciplining of the so-called systemic opposition and persecution against independent media as well as groups and organizations formally uninvolved in politics.

Keywords: Russia, repression, opposition, political system, Alexei Navalny

How to cite: Nadskakuła-Kaczmarczyk, O. 2023. “Repression in Russia: The evolution of the political system.” Central European Journal of Politics 9 (1): 1–16. DOI: 10.21062/cejp.2023.001

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21062/cejp.2023.001

Petra Měšťánková: Soudcovská samospráva jako objekt politické konfrontace: případ Španělska [Judicial self-governance as an object of political confrontation: The case of Spain]

Abstract: The article studies the issue of politicization of the judiciary on the example of the Spanish General Council of the Judiciary. A renewal of the composition of this body scheduled for 2018 has not yet occurred. This act depends entirely on the Parliament, where an agreement between the two largest parties, the PSOE and the PP, is necessary to obtain a three-fifths majority in both chambers. These are mainstream parties that both adhere to the principles of a liberal democratic state. The article focuses on how these political parties have made renewing the composition of this body an object of political confrontation, which has significantly affected the functioning of the judiciary. It examines the parties’ attitudes to the proposed changes in the way of appointing the members of the body, as well as their justifications for not agreeing on the renewal of the body and blocking it for almost one full term.

Keywords: Spain, judicial council, political parties, political polarization, judicial independence

How to cite: Měšťánková, P. 2023. “Soudcovská samospráva jako objekt politické konfrontace: případ Španělska.” Central European Journal of Politics 9 (1): 17–36. DOI: 10.21062/cejp.2023.002

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21062/cejp.2023.002