WHILE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE, PENDING THE election results, to extrapolate the likely composition of the Duma from the candidates' demographic characteristics, an analysis of the candidate lists of the 12 most important parties yields interesting insights into those parties' recruitment strategies. The most striking features are the high number of regional elites recruited by Our Home Is Russia and the large number of entrepreneurs running in all of the parties. Otherwise, one can expect the composition of the new Duma to be similar to that of the current legislature: middle-aged males drawn from the managerial and political elites of Russia.

You have reached a premium content area of TOL. To read this entire article please login if you are already a TOL subscriber.

Not a subscriber?

Subscribe today for access to:
Full access to the website, including premium articles videos, country reports and searchable archives (containing over 25,000 articles).

You can subscribe here to gain access to the entire website.