December 5, 2011

DANIEL DREZNER: Do authoritarian elections matter in Russia? Probably not as much as you think. “On the one hand, elections like these do matter, because they dent the veneer of an effective authoritarian being in control. Despite rigging the game, it appears that Putin and his loyalists couldn’t secure the desired result. Any time an authoritarian aparatus demonstrates fallibility is not a good day for the authoritarian apparatus. On the other hand…. “

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