The Next General Elections in Russia: What Role for the Media?
THE NEXT DUMA AND PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN RUSSIA, to take place in 2007
and 2008, have prompted intense speculation almost from the moment the last
elections ended. The reason is not hard to explain, as Putin’s legitimate term in oﬃce is
coming to an end, and historically, the succession has almost always aroused
instability and an atmosphere of crisis. The democratic institution of elections has not
changed that aspect of things in Russia’s dysfunctional political system. The main
focus of interest is the March 2008 presidential election and the question of who will
run in the race: will Putin stand for a third term, in which case the constitution will
need to be revised, or will power pass to a successor?