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United Russia: forward to the past


If a Soviet Rip van Winkel had been in Yekaterinburg on 2 December, he might have thought that the old system was still alive and well. The annual United Russia (UR) party congress had all the trappings of similar Communist Party events in Soviet times.

The development of UR is worth considering. At stake here is the nature and stability of Russia's political system. The Putin administration wants UR to go on providing working parliamentary majorities, but has introduced some...

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