Vyacheslav Volodin elected as Head of CSTO Parliamentary Assembly: а Commentary by Andrey Kazantsev

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On November 24 speaker of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin was elected Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Andrey Kazantsev, Director at the MGIMO University Analytical Center, shared his thoughts on challenges and tasks before Mr. Volodin personally and CSTO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) as a whole.

Vyacheslav Volodin to head CSTO Parliamentary Assembly. Some thoughts on popular roots of political support

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Vyacheslav Volodin was elected as head of the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s Parliamentary Assembly during the 9th Plenary Session of the CSTO’s PA in St. Petersburg on November 24th. Thus concludes a relatively fast and interesting transition personally for the influential Volodin, who in just three months has gone from the first deputy chief of President Putin’s staff in the Kremlin to being elected to the Russian Duma from his native Saratov to quickly becoming that body’s Speaker, officially putting him fourth in line in terms of Russian political power, behind the President, Prime Minister, and speaker of the Federation Council, the upper chamber of the national parliament.