Photo Gallery: Soviet Echoes in Today's Russian Democracy
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Photo Gallery: Soviet Echoes in Today's Russian Democracy

Putin Clings to Power Kremlin Favors Manipulation as Election Strategy

The Kremlin-backed United Russia party is getting ready for the final phase of campaigning ahead of December's parliamentary election. But allegations of manipulation are likely to overshadow Friday's party convention. Critics accuse Vladimir Putin of stifling democracy to ensure he and his cronies stay in power.
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan