Elections to the State Duma in December 1999 - Russia’s Choice at the End of the Twentieth Century

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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.


“This book illuminates one of the dramatic periods in the development of political life in Russia at the end of the century….honest and based on much factual data which tells the story of how elections were happening. The reader will find in this volume a description of the involved political parties, results of the elections for party lists and for single mandate districts, as well as the characteristics of the leaders of these parties and movements…. The book has been written by a man who thoroughly knows the realities of Russian life: Soviet as well as contemporary. That is why those nuances of political struggle which seem insignificant to American authors receive special attention….the author declines to explain complicated yet meaningless theories to describe the election results in favor of objective factual analysis…. very dynamic and informative.” – Viktor Mokhov, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Chairman of the Department of History, Perm State Technical University, Russia

“Strokanov has provided a useful primer for individuals seeking to comprehend the evolution of politics in the Russian Federation since the fall of Communism. In the future, scholars will consult this book to benefit from the detail possible from a contemporary analysis by one who has both the insiders knowledge of Russian political culture and the objectivity of an émigré looking at these political events from the outside.” – Dr. Allen Yale is an Associate Professor of History at Lyndon State College, Vermont

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Preface by Victor Mokhov
1. “What Are the Rules of the Game?”: Analysis of the legislative framework for the elections to the State Duma in December, 1999
2. “Who Are the Major Players of the Game?”: Analysis of the political parties and electoral blocs who decided to participate
3. “Who Is Who on the Parties’ Lists?”: Analysis of the Federal lists (proportionate quota) of the candidates from major political parties and electoral blocs
4. “Who Are Their People in Single Mandate Districts?”: Analysis of the parties’ and blocs’ lists of candidates in single mandate districts
5. “What Can We All Together Do for Each of Us?”: Analysis of the programs of the major political parties and electoral blocs
6. “How Much Have They Spent?”: Analysis of the spending of the major parties and blocs
7. “Who Are the Victors and Why Were They Chosen?”: Impact of Russian political culture on the results
8. “Who are the Deputies of the Third State Duma?”: Analysis of the lists of deputies elected
9. “How Did the Elections Impact on the Voters?”: The campaign of December 19, 1999 elections to the State Duma as a factor in making a new political culture in Russia
Epilogue: “What Happened After the Elections to the State Duma and What is Going to Happen Next?”: Analysis of the major tendencies in the future development of the Russian political scene
Bibliography; Index

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