International Journal of

Arts , Humanities & Social Science

ISSN 2693-2547 (Print) , ISSN 2693-2555 (Online)
Presidential Power and Anti-Corruption Discourse in the Post-Soviet Russia



The present work seeks to substantiate and expound on the emerging research agenda that explores pervasive problems with politization of state-sponsored, anti-corruption activism in the post-communist countries. The study examines the evolution of anti-corruption discourse in the post-Soviet Russia from 1994 through 2020. Specific data from the annual presidential addresses to the Federal Assembly are used to conduct a quantitative analysis of frequencies of using corruption and anti-corruption terms by the three Russian presidents- Yeltsin, Medvedev, and Putin. A contextual examination of anti-corruption rhetoric is also performed to explain the results of the quantitative analysis.