Patron-client, you mean a feudal society? RobS 11:51, 28 April 2007 (EDT)
They were not democratically elected, it was not a meritocracy, and they did not gain their positions by birthright. It was a self-appointed clique, i.e. "the Party", under Marxist Doctrine. RobS 11:54, 28 April 2007 (EDT) Clarification needed on this in the article. I. e. 'Self-appointed as a result of the October coup d'état, while financially supported by Prussian Imperial General Stuff through Col. Nikolai under advice of Mr. Parvus' - so, the bolos were, effectively, German spys who overthrow the Provisional Government; and - since so called 'Russian Federation' is officially the offspring of late Soviet Union still - the Nomenklatura is still very much in power over there.