United Party Likely to Win Parliamentary Elections; Victory Would Help Boost Putin's Political Future
Byline: David R. Sands, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
United Russia, a party closely tied to President Vladimir Putin and heavily salted with regional power barons, looks set to consolidate its grip on power in parliamentary elections tomorrow that could determine Mr. Putin's political future.
But the campaign, in which United Russia has dominated the state-controlled media coverage while dodging candidate debates and difficult issues, hardly has proven an attractive advertisement for Russia's fledgling democracy.
"It's a big step backward," said Anders Aslund, director of the Russian and Eurasian program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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