The All-Russia People’s Front as an Instrument of Direct Democracy

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The All-Russia People’s Front (ONF) held the “Action Forum” in Yoshkar-Ola on April 25 that was attended by President Vladimir Putin. Participants of the Forum discussed topics ranging from the quality of life to the state of the country’s social services, however, the issue covered most extensively was the effectiveness of budget spending in Russia.

Russian Primaries: The Road to More Competitive Elections?

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Russia goes to the polls on 18 September 2016. Not only will the seventh convocation of the State Duma be chosen, but 38 regional legislatures and eight regional governors will also be selected, and there will also be municipal elections. The 2011-12 electoral cycle provoked a tumultuous period of contentious politics, but it is unlikely that the forthcoming elections will be accompanied by anything like as much controversy.