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Leading Russia: Putin in PerspectiveEssays in Honour of Archie Brown$
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Alex Pravda

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276141

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199276145.001.0001

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Putin and the Attenuation of Russian Democracy

Putin and the Attenuation of Russian Democracy

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(p.103) 6 Putin and the Attenuation of Russian Democracy
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Leading Russia: Putin in Perspective
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Timothy F. Colton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199276145.003.0006

This chapter argues that Russia is further removed from democratisation than it was at the beginning of the 1990s. De-democratisation has been attributed to encroachments on electoral competition, as evidenced by the decline in electoral contestation. Short-term prospects are dim for the reversal of the decline in democratic contestation. The symbiosis of the upper echelons of the governing elite with United Russia will continue to grow during Putin’s tenure, as will their efforts to continue the Naderization of the opposition.

Keywords:   Russia, politics, de-democratisation, elections, electoral competition, democracy

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