IWP international affairs student and Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies research assistant Pawel Styrna has recently published an article on the upcoming Russian presidential contest. Not surprisingly, he predicts a Putin victory and results likely resembling last year's rigged Duma (parliamentary) election. Mr. Styrna also analyzes the modus operandi of the post-Soviet establishment in Russia, which has demonstrated a ruthless will to retain and consolidate its power. Thus, while other outcomes certainly cannot be dismissed, the near future most likely entails the continuity of the present post-Bolshevik system erected and fortified by Putin.
To read the entire article, please click here: Russia's 2012 Presidential Election, Pawel Styrna
Disclaimer: The views expressed by Pawel Styrna do not necessarily reflect those of The Institute of World Politics.