Disaffected voters are the target of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s new political movement – the Popular Front. As leader of the organisation, he is distancing himself from the tarnished reputation of the pro-Kremlin United Russia party and will try to sweeten the mood of the angry, vocal new middle class – critically those in Moscow. Popular Front will create a platform through which Putin can operate his increasingly ‘managed democracy’ as will be demonstrated in the forthcoming mayoral election in Moscow.

<i>The election of Moscow Mayor will bring home how vulnerable the regime is to the process of mobilisation that surrounds elections. The decision to hold the election ...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
The lightning rod for accumulated anger within the country’s emerging middle class was the former lawyer turned outspoken blogger, Aleksei Navalny. His main ambition, launched at the outset of 2011, was to destroy the Kremlin’s United Russia – its ‘party of power’
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