Political Opposition in Russia: A Troubled Transformation

  title={Political Opposition in Russia: A Troubled Transformation},
  author={Vladimir Gel’man},
  journal={Europe-Asia Studies},
  pages={177 - 191}
  • V. Gel’man
  • Published 7 February 2015
  • Political Science
  • Europe-Asia Studies
IN THE MID-2000S, THE DECLINE OF OPPOSITION POLITICS in Russia was so sharp and undisputed that the title of an article I wrote at the time, ‘Political Opposition in Russia: A Dying Species?’ (Gel’man 2005) met with little objection. At that time, the impact of the opposition was peripheral at best. The ‘party of power’, United Russia (Edinaya Rossiya— UR), dominated both nationwide (Remington 2008) and sub-national (Ross 2011) legislatures, and the few representatives of the opposition exerted… 
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