Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, leader of the United Civil Front, at the 'March of Millions' rally (photo: dpa)

Divided political opposition allows Russian regime to play a waiting game

Opinion polls show that an increasing number of Russians want honest elections and a fair legal system. But they have little confidence in opposition leaders, who are fighting among themselves rather than compiling a unified agenda. Meanwhile the Kremlin is keeping a low profile. Politics is at a stalemate.

RUSSIA’S political life is gridlocked. The previously so-confident opposition has run out of steam and the regime has mounted a counter-offensive.

Democrats and human rights activists express growing concern. Many question whether continued camp...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Prospects that a new ‘contract’ of agreement will emerge between the regime and the urban elites are slim indeed. It is a precarious stalemate
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