Alexander Kynev

Expert of the Liberal Mission Foundation

May 23, 2022
The Changing Demographics of The State Duma

This analysis builds on the 2016 study of the Russian State Duma composition which uncovered a significant increase in the number of members representing the public sector and former heads of municipalities— as the direct result of the shift in the electoral system from fully proportional to mixed or majoritarian-proportional. This follow-on report examines the demographic trends of the current State Duma elected on September 19, 2021. The study’s author Alexander Kynev finds that the composition of the 2021 State Duma is more similar to that of 2011 under the fully proportional system. The party in power is less focused on engaging truly electable candidates and more on advancing those who fit certain projects or concepts, in addition to those who self-nominate.

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