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General Information about Russia
Science in Russia
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Politics in Russia
The parties are listed in the commonly accepted in Russia order from "left"
(emphasis on importance of the state) to "right" (emphasis on individual freedom), as of before the presidential elections in 2000 (some parties are gone by now).
DISCLAIMER: The comments reflect my opinion only and do NOT reflect the views
of Stanford University,
Physics Department or
There are many other parties, but they have low ratings compared to the
|Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF).Leader: Gennady Zyuganov.
They have the construction of
Communism as the final goal in their program, but they deny it. They also put an
emphasis on collaboration with Russian Orthodox Church, which also is not
compatible with the original views of Lenin.|
|Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia. Leader: Vladimir Zhirinovsky.
The popularity is based mostly on scandals in which the leader participated,
and on his populist statements.
As usual in Russian politics (the name has nothing to do with the goal),
the activity has nothing to do with liberalism or democracy.|
|Leader: Yuri Luzhkov.
The name of the party means "Fatherland".
This is the party of "power", consisting of former party bosses and burocrats.
Recently they formed a coalition with the party of regional governers called
"Vsya Rossiya" ("All Russia").
The coalition is headed by the former prime minister
In my opinion, it is the only big party that has
stated democracy as their main goal. Moreover, it seems as if
Yavlinsky is the only politician in Russia who knows what democracy is,
without confusing it with republic, individual freedom, anarchy and
The name of the party literally means "apple" and is derived from the first
letters of the founders' last names.
As with other parties, the name has nothing to do with the party's goals.
"Yabloko" has mostly negative coverage in the Russian mass media,
and the leader is not
very photogenic, but still their rating is not bad.
Some human rights activists sympathize with
|Prominent members: Egor Gaidar,
The name means "The Right Cause". This is a union of several liberal parties. They
state the market economy as their basic goal, even if it will mean no democracy.
The leaders of this union are associated in the people's minds with those
who failed the economic reforms in Russia, and they are not very popular.
Actually, their rating is low, and I listed them only because they have much
coverage in Russian media. Recently they reorganized into
"Soyuz Pravykh Sil"
("The Union of Right Forces").|
|Leader: Sergey Shoigu. Name means "Unity".
Alias: "Medved" ("Bear"). Something smells fishy about this party.
It appeared just a couple of months ago, and builds its popularity on the war
with Chechnya. The leadership consists of military officers.
From the things that I see in the news it looks like a fascist party which
proclaims itself to be democratic.
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