The prospects of positive reforms in Russia’s social sphere appear extremely vague because of the vicious circle: on the one hand, movement forward
is unthinkable without active and positive state participation as in Western Europe; bit on the other hand, in the current Russian conditions the state itself stands out
as a destroyer of the social sphere. Only coming out from this vicious circle will allow to create necessary prerequisites for preliminary conditions to initiate
the social state in our country.
Russia in the early 21st century, social policy, theory and practice of social state, social protection, state paternalism.