USSR: creation and collapse of the empire in the context of «risk society»

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The article identifies and analyzes the risk factors associated with the formation and collapse of the USSR as a recreation of the Imperial political and legal space, a type of national and supranational socio-political and legal identity. The authors consider the various processes of integration and disintegration of state actors in the context of the “risk society” paradigm, recognizing its methodological foundations. Both the emergence and collapse of the USSR are responses to the escalating risks and crises of the Russian political and legal systems, and a way out. When considering such problems, it is impossible to eliminate mental and cultural archetypes, historic state and legal experience, and the place and role of personality in history, especially within the nation’s contradictory history. In this regard, the article analyzes the positions of leadership of the RSFSR and the Ukrainian SSR in the matter of national legal policy that influenced the collapse of the USSR.

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Andrey Yu. Mordovcev

Vladivostok state university of economics and service; Rostov branch of the all-russian state university of justice

SPIN-code: 3574-8494
Scopus Author ID: 56669773000
ResearcherId: U-8883-2019

Russian Federation, Vladivostok; Rostov-on-Don

Dr. Habil. of law, professor of the department of theory and history of russian and foreign law;
Professor of the department of theory and history of law and state

Aleksey Yu. Mamychev

Lomonosov Moscow State University

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1325-7967

Russian Federation, Moscow

Dr. habil. of Political Science, PhD of Law, Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Political and Legal ResearchFaculty of Political Science

Tatayna V. Mordovceva

Taganrog Institute of Management and Economics

SPIN-code: 3106-4190

Russian Federation, Taganrog

Dr. habil. of cultural studies, Professor of the Department of Humanities


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