The Orange revolution: «People’s revolution» or Revolutionary coup?

The Orange revolution: «People’s revolution» or Revolutionary coup?

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The Orange revolution: «People’s revolution» or Revolutionary coup? – Polis. Political Studies. 2010. No. 2. P. 31-53. (In Russ.)


The article examines the extent to which the 'Orange Revolution' could be considered a revolutionary event stimulated by civil society, or a different type of political activity (a putsch, coup d'?tat), legitimated by elite-sponsored 'soft' political power. Based on public opinion poll data and responses from focus groups, the author contends that what began as an orchestrated protest against election fraud developed into a novel type of political activity – a revolutionary coup d'?tat. It is contended that the movement was divisive rather than integrative and did not enjoy widespread popular support.

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