Friday, September 17, 2021
The CPRF's relationship with the authorities has become increasingly conflictual. The CPRF's rise is rooted in its ability to exploit growing protest trends, but curtailed by a conservative leadership, structure and image.
- A strong second-place position will help the CPRF execute the transition to a new generation of leaders.
- A plethora of small parties, many Kremlin creations, will draw off votes from the CPRF and others.
- Fraud could depress the CPRF's vote share but would reduce the legitimacy of the elections.