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September 3, 2008

Featured article – Joan Debardeleben – Russia’s duma elections and the practice of Russian democracy

Filed under: Uncategorized — internationaljournal @ 8:05 pm

Former President Vladimir Putin and official spokespersons for the Russian
political leadership have repeatedly proclaimed their commitment to demo-
cratic values, but western observers and domestic critics are sceptical.1 The
most recent election for the Russian parliament on 2 December 2007—the
state duma—exemplified the many ambiguities about the state of democracy
in Russia. While the elections were ostensibly competitive—11 parties on the
ballot and four winning seats in the legislature—international observers, to
the extent they were present, made contradictory judgements on the demo-
cratic credentials of the vote. ‘

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