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Just recently, Boris Gryzlov, Speaker of the Russian Duma, commented that anything less than 300 seats out of 450 – the constitutional majority – is going to be considered a defeat in the elections for the United Russia and “defeat is not an option.” Under the current circumstances, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s party is likely to reach that threshold, regardless of the means. The United Russia’s supermajority in the Duma, if achieved unfairly, would symbolize democratic backsliding in Russia, and a first step for Vladimir Putin to become one of the longest-ruling heads of state in the history of the nation. In this light, will the Obama “reset” policy towards Russia, which relies primarily on a dialogue with Dmitry Medvedev, require a thorough re-evaluation?
Join us as a distinguished group of experts evaluates the outcome of the December 6 parliamentary elections in Russia and their implications for U.S.-Russia relations.
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Washington Bureau Chief, RTVi Television Network
Katrina Lantos Swett
President, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice
Senior Fellow, The Hudson Institute
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Senior Fellow, National Security Affairs