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Russia's 1996 Presidential Election: The End of Polarized Politics

Hoover Institution Press

In June 1996, for the first time in a thousand years, Russian citizens were given the chance to select their head of state in a democratic election. Michael McFaul analyzes three major factors that combine to explain why Boris Yeltsin's victory, should have been expected, discusses the reasons behind Yeltsin's victory, and examines its impact on electoral politics in post-Soviet Russia.