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Political scientist Maxim Dianov, director of the Moscow-based Institute of Regional Problems, said liberal parties must unite if they are to have any electoral viability."The potential liberal constituency across the country includes as much as 15 to 20 percent of the electorate, but it's fragmented between parties," Dianov said.
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"People hate the rich more in places where they think the rich's money could be theirs," said Maxim Dianov, head of the Institute of Regional Problems.
Governors Lining Up to Join the Party
Regional leaders started drifting toward the so-called party of power more than a year ago after the Kremlin made it clear that they needed its blessing to win elections, said Maxim Dianov, director of the Institute for Regional Problems.
"The process was slow at the beginning, but now there is a line," Dianov
In the meantime, regional leaders are rallying around United Russia in hopes that the display of loyalty will allow them to stay in power, perhaps indefinitely, Dianov
"Governors understand that the most important thing to win re-election is loyalty, and now they are striving to show it," he
Twelve regions will vote for leaders this year, and while the proposed change will not affect them, many incumbents are playing all their cards "just in case it might help," Dianov
The St. Petersburg Times - News - Arrest of Mayor Could Signal New Political Era
"Since the scrapping of direct gubernatorial elections, the Kremlin has been trying to find a way to put an end to mayoral elections," said Maxim Dianov, head of the Institute for Regional Problems.
said governors, who are appointed by the Kremlin, had lost interest in cultivating rural voters.Those voters, who comprise one-third of the country's voting population and will play a key role in upcoming elections, are controlled by mayors of small cities and towns.
"The Kremlin fully controls the governors, who will work to guarantee a good showing for United Russia
, but they don't have the complete control of the mayors," Dianov
The Kremlin, Dianov
said, wants authority over big-city mayors because they control a large portion of the revenues that flow into federal coffers.
The arrest of the mayor of Volgograd
, a city of 1.2 million, would make it easier for the presidential administration to justify scrapping mayoral elections as part of an anti-corruption campaign, Dianov
RIA Novosti - Russia - Spending urgently needed to boost birth rate - experts
Maxim Dianov, director of the Regional Problems Institute, said the problem facing the country is one of survival."In this context, it is irrelevant where the funds come from - they must be taken from wherever necessary, from any sector."
"People should understand that, in giving birth, [women] are fulfilling a state task of regenerating the country," he