The Russian Presidential Election: What Next?
Author(s): Stephen White
Editor(s): Stephen Aris, Aglaya Snetkov, Matthias Neumann, Robert Orttung, Jeronim Perovic, Heiko Pleines, Hans-Henning Schröder
Series: Russian Analytical Digest (RAD)
Publisher(s): Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich; Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen; Institute of History, University of Basel
Publication Year: 2012
Vladimir Putin's election was scarcely a surprise. But the political context had changed, and this meant a rather different kind of exercise, with a national system of electronic surveillance and unprecedented numbers of observers. The implications of the election will take some time to emerge: further changes to the electoral system are currently being considered by the Duma, and there are prospects of more far-reaching constitutional changes that would turn Russia into a more "parliamentary" system. Putin himself appears to have a more limited agenda, and one that may not be sufficient to satisfy a more disaffected society.