About the author: Alexandre Alexeevich Strokanov is an Associate Professor of History at Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, Vermont. He graduated from Perm State University and taught there from 1979 to 1984. He later worked in different positions in Moscow. Since 1993, he has been teaching in the United States. In 2000 and 2002 he was included in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” Recently, Strokanov has been named an Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University’s center for interdisciplinary research and study of Russia and the surrounding countries. He is the author of several books and more than fifty articles in English, Russian and Spanish.2003 0-7734-6582-0
Analyzing documents related to the elections to the Third State Duma on December 19, 1999, and Presidential elections of March 26, 2000, this book provides the reader with new data that helps in understanding the importance of the elections for the future of the Russian political landscape. The study approaches the elections from many angles, including their legal base, the major participants and forms of participation, and it provides many details on the course of the elections, their results and interpretation. It outlines the development of a multi-party system in Russia and the activities of political parties, electoral blocs and other political organizations. It explores the specifics of Russian political culture and its impact on the results. Finally, the book suggests some possibilities in the future developments of Russian political life.