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2007 Duma Elections


Some important changes has been introduced in the electoral law since the last election. From 2007 all seats in the Duma will be filled on the basis of proportional representation. A party used to have to get five percent of the vote to win seats in parliament, now it is seven. However, in some cases this provision can be overruled as at least two parties should be represented in the Duma. The new rules stipulate that voters are no longer allowed to cast their ballots against all candidates. 

The new law has brought about a greater centralization of the party system. A party's minimal membership has also been raised from 10,000 to 50,000. As a result, only 11 parties will take part in December 2007 elections. Of these, only four parties have the best chances of overcoming the seven percent threshold:

United Russia

Gryzlov's United Russia


Mironov's Fair   Russia



Zyuganov's CPRF


Zhirinovsky's LDPR

Fair Russia was set up in October 2006 as an attempt to create a two-party system with "managed competition" between two pro-Kremlin parties: United Russia (centre-right) and Fair Russia (centre-left). Both parties support the ruling regime but rely on different coalitions of elites. The creation of Fair Russia was seen by some analysts as an attempt to transform the system with one dominant party into a "managed" multiparty system with two or more parties of comparable political weight.

However, in the run-up to the 2007 elections this plan seems to have been abandoned.  The support of President Vladimir Putin means one party is already virtually assured of a comfortable victory. Since he announced he would take the top spot on United Russia's electoral list, the party has been all but guaranteed a huge majority.

Mr Putin himself is not expected to take a seat. Russian electoral law means he can be on the party list without doing so but his endorsement should deliver United Russia an even larger share of the vote they were already likely to receive.

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