The book examines
--the rules of the game in Russia--the electoral law
--Russia's complicated system of parliamentary representation
--why Russia has dozens of political parties and which appear to have some staying power
--the conduct of political campaigns, including platforms, electoral strategies, candidate appeals, and the role of money and the media
--demographic and regional characteristics of Russia, and which ones seem to be politically salient
--analysis of voting returns and comparisons with December 1993 results.
This work brings together in one volume all basic political, economic, and demographic data on every territorial unit of the Russian Federation, its local government structure, and electoral history current through the spring 2000 elections and the summer 2000 reorganization. Each entry includes an extensive profile of the president, governor, or prime minister, and an overview of local political trends, policies, economy, and business conditions.