Great Power Restorationists Make Gains in the Russian Duma
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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Politicians advocating restoration of Russia as a great power strengthened their position in the December 1995 Duma elections. Although communist and nationalist gains fell short of the two-third majority needed to override a presidential veto, these groups who are united in their suspicion of Western intentions now enjoy a solid majority in the new lower house. By contrast, parties advocating integration with Western security systems suffered significant losses, even though they had muted the pro-Western components of their programs. The dominant role of great power restorationists in the new Duma will increase pressure on the Yeltsin regime to assume a more assertive stance vis-a-vis the West.
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