The Volodin Effect: Primaries Against Glass Bead Game

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Although it was Vladimir Putin who initiated and encouraged the reform, it was Vyacheslav Volodin who put it into practice. Russia’s personality-oriented political culture will surely make people treat Volodin’s reform which established primaries, the mixed parliamentary system, and the All-Russia People’s Front, solely as a personal achievement of the man who spared no effort to set up these political institutions.