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Explainer: The Fix Is In

  • Brian Whitmore

The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL.

Russians go to the polls this weekend to elect a new State Duma, the lower house of parliament, but the Kremlin has a whole tool kit to make sure it gets the result it wants: that only the ruling United Russia and a few other loyal parties will win seats in the Duma. Brian Whitmore exposes the arsenal of tricks in this special Power Vertical Explainer.

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The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or

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