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Moscow’s municipal elections illustrate the growing political crisis in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ruling party, United Russia, eked out a majority in the Moscow municipal legislature in elections on Sept. 8.

While Putin’s regime touted the outcome as a victory, the election posed a significant challenge to what is called Putinism, a system that emerged in Putin’s second term to reassert Kremlin control over Russian politics.

  • Regina Smyth
  • The Conversation

It included the creation of a dominant party, United Russia, in 2001, and the centralization of political power in the Kremlin.

Putinism relies on the president’s popularity to …

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