Putin rallies voter loyalty with new Popular Front

 President Vladimir Putin was elected leader of the Russian Popular Front in June 2013 (photo:dpa)
President Vladimir Putin was elected leader of the Russian Popular Front in June 2013 (photo:dpa)

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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