A general view of Russia’s State Duma

Russian elections: regions on the rise

  • The Kremlin hasn’t floated a theme for the September elections to the State Duma
  • United Russia and the “cartel parties” will dominate the official results
  • A mixed voting system with single-member districts will strengthen the hand of regional governors
  • Vladimir Putin has delegated a top aide to keep an eye on the new parliament

The next elections to the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, will be held on September 18. At first glance, no surprises could possibly be in store. Russia’s political system is stable. The post-Crimean consensus, which rallied the broad masses and the vast majority of the elite around the Kremlin, has not cracked even under dire economic conditions. And parliament, particularly its lower chamber, carries very little political weight under Russia’s constitutional setup. Its function has been reduced to legitimizing the power structure and subjecting its basic elements to a periodic stress test.

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Dr. Svyatoslav Kaspe
If the Duma becomes an arena for real political conflict, then Mr. Putin will need to preserve control
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What's inside
  • The Kremlin hasn’t floated a theme for the September elections to the State Duma
  • United Russia and the “cartel parties” will dominate the official results
  • A mixed voting system with single-member districts will strengthen the hand of regional governors
  • Vladimir Putin has delegated a top aide to keep an eye on the new parliament
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  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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