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Putin's power base – unwavering or shaky?

How is an election under a regime that regards democracy as a threat to peace and stability?

 

18. September 2016 Russian voters go to the urns to elect 450 representatives to the Russian parliament, Duma.

Russia's incoming president, backed by the Russian security service KGB, confessed to his predecessor that he could not demand unpredictable political choices, Bjørn Nistad says in his Putin biography of 2015. Since Putin took over as president, the administration has been using all the rules of art to threaten the Russian parliament from a conglomerate of various parties – counting only four parties from the election of 2007, with Putin's own United Russia having over 50 percent majority. The other three parties that have been represented in parliament – the Communist Party, Shirinovsky's Liberal Democratic Party and Sergei Mironov's Fair Russia – are known as the "systemic opposition", which in fact supported the power of the Putin regime.

But during the December 2011 parliamentary elections, the KGB president's worst-nightmare became a nightmare. The Russian liberal opposition managed to mobilize tens of thousands for demonstrations in Moscow and other major Russian cities, which raged for months under mottos such as "Russia without Putin" – both until and after Putin was re-elected. . .

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