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Stanislav Byshok on the recent United Russia success

On the 10th of September Russia held an election for new regional authorities at different levels. Thus, new leaders were chosen in 16 regions of Russia, while the opposition received the majority of votes in the central part of Russia. The curious thing is that all the 16 governors of Russian subjects are representatives of the “United Russia” party – the ruling political party of the Russian Federation.

Stanislav Byshok, political analyst of international monitoring organization CIS-EMO comments:

“In regional or local elections Russians usually choose a leader by familiar personality, they do not take in account name of a certain party. Therefore, they are more acquainted with representatives of the dominant “United Russia” party than with any other ones”.

Moreover, people tend to link economic problems and the general decrease of living standard with external factors, such as sanctions regime with the Western countries for instance, but not with unsatisfactory work of the leading party. This is also one of the reasons why “United Russia” won the elections.

“Also speaking of the Moscow municipal deputy’s elections, it should not be ignored that turnover of these elections was traditionally limited (but this time there was very little information and agitation for the coming elections), so the outcome of the elections depended on a tiny group of voters. Moreover, the elections of local authorities in Moscow, along with whole Russia, in general, is a mere formality. City hall itself is always making all the important decisions, the activity of opposition would not play a greater role in governance”, adds Stanislav.

According to the results of elections, both the authorities and the opposition received their expectations. The authorities have saved its monopoly and demonstrated keeping out all the democratic procedures at the same time, while the opposition did a “group unity training”. This showed the significance of their activists and participation in the political process.

Source: Foreign News

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