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Russian Opposition Figure Withdraws From Politics --> Sergei Glazev speaking to RFE/RL in 2006 (RFE/RL) March 9, 2007 -- Former Russian presidential candidate Sergei Glazev says he is retiring from politics.

Glazev -- who finished third in the 2004 presidential election -- said President Vladimir Putin's concentration of power had left no room for debate.

Glazev said Putin had concentrated power even more than the tsars.

Glazev is currently a member of the Russian State Duma. He was formerly the co-chairman of the now-defunct nationalist party Rodina (Motherland).


Democracy In Russia

Demonstrators in Moscow carry a coffin with a television in it to protest government control over broadcasting (TASS file photo)

DO RUSSIANS LIKE THEIR GOVERNMENT? During a briefing at RFE/RL's Washington office on November 15, Richard Rose, director of the Center for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Aberdeen, discussed the results of 14 surveys he has conducted since 1992 on Russian public opinion about democracy and the country's development. He discussed the implications of these opinions for relations with the West and for Russia's 2008 presidential election.


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