Policy Memos

United Russia: Ruling Party or Emperor's New Clothes?

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After a bloody conflict in October 1993 between Russian president Boris Yeltsin and the Parliament, Russia’s elites recognized the need for strong parliamentary support of the federal executive. However, the nonpartisan nature of the Russian presidency and the lack of parliamentary accountability to the federal government have made for an uneasy institutional linkage between the federal executive and legislative branches. The Kremlin has attempted to create a vehicle to build parliamentary support for its program in the form of a so-called party of power. This strategy should be considered a reasonable step in the process of building political parties in Russia. [...]


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Distinguished Professor, Political Sciences and Sociology
European University at St. Petersburg; University of Helsinki