The unprecedented protests following Russia’s 2011 parliamentary elections signalled a declining popular endorsement of Putin’s regime. In response to citizens, incumbent Premier and likely winner of 4 March presidential race published a number of articles outlining his electoral platform.
In internal affairs, he shows an apparently accommodating stance promising greater people’s participation in politics. However, this is a difficult task to accomplish considering the characteristics of the power vertical and Putin’s overt disdain for opposition outside the Duma. His goal seems to be to render forms of future discontent more manageable.
Putin is also trying to restore his image and authority by recalling national values and traditions of which he allegedly becomes a fierce defender. It is likely that the next presidency will not be an easy period but rather a turbulent transitional phase ofRussia’s internal political evolution.