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Russian democracy: Which way to go?

Simon Shuster – Chief of Moscow Bureau, Time Magazine

Leonid Polyakov – Head of General Political Science Department, Higher School of Economics

During the last 20 years Russia has been going through a democratic transition. Success has been made, but the way hasn’t been easy and there were wrong turns, too. As the presidential election gets closer, many speculate on how this process will continue, if either of the candidates is elected. This week, the favorite in the race, Prime Minister Putin, expressed his opinion in an article, seen as a part of his electoral manifesto. So, is he planning to make Russia more democratic? We discuss this with the Head of General Political Science Department in the Higher School of Economics Leonid Polyakov and Time Moscow bureau head Simon Shuster.