Elections in Russia
On the federal level, Russia elects a president as head of state and a legislature, one of the two chambers of the Federal Assembly. The president is elected for, at most, two consecutive six-year terms (raised from four years from December 2008).
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- Democracy never took hold in Russia, in the sense that power never changed hands after freely contested elections.
- The Russian Federation has created limitations that are not conducive to undertaking election observation.
- Christian Strohal, as quoted in "European Group Cancels Mission to Observe Russian Election, Citing Restrictions" (2008), by C.J. Chivers, The New York Times
- Perhaps the most important requirement in an election is that voters have a choice. It sounds trivial, but that is something that has been lacking in most Russian elections held under Vladimir Putin’s rule.
- Vladimir Vladimirovich Kara-Murza, "As the Kremlin Tightens the Screws, It Invites Popular Revolt" (20 July 2017), Spotlight on Russia, World Affairs Journal
- Encyclopedic article on Elections in Russia at Wikipedia