Russian elections: regions on the rise

A general view of Russia’s State Duma
June 22, 2016: The Russian State Duma, or lower house of parliament, adjourns after hearing a speech by Vladimir Putin to mark the end of its five-year term (source: dpa)
  • The Kremlin hasn’t floated a theme for the September elections to the State Duma
  • United Russia and the “cartel parties” will dominate the official results
  • A mixed voting system with single-member districts will strengthen the hand of regional governors
  • Vladimir Putin has delegated a top aide to keep an eye on the new parliament

The next elections to the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, will be held on September 18. At first glance, no surprises could possibly be in store. Russia’s political system is stable. The post-Crimean consensus, which rallied the broad masses and the vast majority of the elite around the Kremlin, has not cracked even under dire economic conditions. And parliament, particularly its lower chamber, carries very little political weight under Russia’s constitutional setup. Its function has been reduced to legitimizing the power structure and subjecting its basic elements to a periodic stress test.

Not a subscriber yet?

Subscribe now and get the latest in-depth geopolitical analysis and forecasts from GIS’s unrivaled cadre of experts.

Learn more about our subscription plans.

You can also buy this report for €8.99 Buy

Add your comment