NEWSWATCH: “United Russia Primaries Open Pandora’s Box” – Carnegie Moscow Center/Andrey Pertsev
The primaries have once again highlighted the Kremlin’s domestic policy tactics. First, the administration announces a large project, makes promises, and even begins to deliver on them. Then, fears of failure and loss of control set in, and all work grinds to a halt. * * * The primaries join a raft of domestic policy gimmicks the Kremlin has used in recent years. Among them are the “People’s Front,” which has failed to become a mass movement and an umbrella organization for the post-Crimea majority, and the new liberal “Party of Growth,” which has failed to attract high-profile moderate opposition activists …. The presidential administration has finally revealed its major trait-indecision.
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