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The Difficult but Necessary Task of Supporting Democrats in Russia

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Events in Russia in 2016 suggested that there is no prospect of political change in the country for the foreseeable future, and especially not in the run-up to the next presidential election in 2018. The regime appears to be more secure than ever and President Vladimir Putin dominates political life. United Russia and the “systemic” (i.e. co-opted) opposition are still the only parties represented in the Duma, while the “non-systemic” opposition remains in disarray, following parliamentary elections that were more subtly rigged than previous ones.[1] The low turnout — officially reported at slightly under 50 percent, but is …read more

Source: The German Marshall Fund of the United States

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