The 2021 Parliamentary Elections as a Window into Russian Politics
The 2021 September State Duma elections are occurring in an atmosphere of rising repressions against political opposition activists in Russia. Popular anti-Kremlin candidates are not allowed to run. Can elections still play a role in the legitimation strategy of the regime when the popular choice is so limited?
The elections are taking place within a broader context of rising prices and deepening economic stagnation in the country, contributing to a sense of popular resentment, frustration and rising anxieties about the future and everyday life sustenance. The short-term political implications of these impoverishment trends are alarming for the Kremlin. For the more aggrieved groups these trends could translate either into voting for the KPRF or not going to the polls. The Kremlin faces the challenge of, on the one hand, containing the Communist Party vote, and, on the other, bringing the likely pro-regime voters to the polling booths.
What are the key strategies that the Kremlin has relied upon to maintain the predominance of the party of power in the State Duma? This talk will focus on exploring the different aspects of the authoritarian toolkit used by the Kremlin to maintain the political status quo.
This webinar is hosted as part of the research project “Values-based regime legitimation in Russia”.
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Gulnaz Sharafutdinova is Professor of Political Science at King’s College London. She studies comparative politics and political economy with a focus on Russia. Her latest book, The Red Mirror (Oxford University Press, 2020), inquires into Putin’s leadership strategy and relies on social identity theory to explain his success.