The story of Russian democracy can be told through its political parties. Observers had high hopes for democracy when the Soviet Union broke apart. After all, Russia’s new leaders seemed committed to building a democratic state and a stable multi–party system. But these hopes were soon dashed. Many parties did emerge, but they were disorganized and effervescent. Outside the State Duma, political parties played little role in politics. As a result, Russia’s weak parties were unable to serve as reliable mechanisms of accountability and representation.
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