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
Like other authoritarian leaders, Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, clearly desires the international respect that comes with holding free and fair elections but he is also fearful of what a genuinely free election might bring
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