If elections are the lifeblood of democratic societies, then political campaigns are the pulse.
For researchers, elections yield more than ballot results: artifacts from campaigns—leaflets, handbills, brochures, websites, and other transitory items—embody the prevailing collective political sentiment, ideals and values of a nation. Perhaps nowhere else does this ring truer than in the 15 former republics of the USSR, where there is a mixed bag of fledgling democracies and authoritarian, corrupt regimes. East View is leading the digital preservation and online availability of political ephemera and official results from recent election campaigns in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and South Ossetia. East View’s Social Movements, Elections, Ephemera series eliminates the need to acquire, catalog and shelve thousands of campaign materials that are fleeting by nature and challenging to obtain.
This collection documents the presidential election process in the breakaway Republic of South Ossetia. It contains hundreds of pages of primary source material collected in South Ossetia and in Ossetian diaspora communities in the Russian Federation. The unique collection of election paraphernalia and ephemera from Ossetian presidential election provides access to otherwise unavailable material in one convenient location.