IN SPITE OF THE THREAT OF A RUSSIAN STATE Duma controlled by an alliance of communist and nationalist parties, the democratic parties seem unable to work together to defeat their common enemy. The parties clearly recognize the danger of not clearing the 5 percent barrier necessary to enter parliament - and the danger that a large number of pro-democratic votes could be wasted. Despite that risk, the democrats have not created any workable coalitions to head off electoral disaster.

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.