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Chassez le naturel et il revient au galop: les russes n'ayant jamais vraiment connus autre chose que les dictatures (tsaristes et communistes) les résultats suivants ne surprennent pas. Pas contre ils sont inquiétants…

Démocratie vs Russie

Putin himself seems to share this dissatisfaction with democracy. In the past two years, election rules have been repeatedly rewritten to prevent unwanted political challenges to Putin's rule, Masha Lipman of the Carnegie Moscow Center wrote earlier in the Washington Post. "One recent initiative has been to abolish mayoral elections. With gubernatorial elections already replaced by Kremlin appointments, this is a logical next step in the dismantling of representative democracy," she predicted.


Russes vs Musulmans

This erosion of Russian support for democracy is even more striking when contrasted with trends in much of the Muslim world. In five of six predominantly Muslim countries, majorities give democracy priority over a strong leader. The exception is Pakistan, where 28% prefer democratic governance, the same level as in Russia. (It should be noted, however, that only 53% of Pakistanis choose strong leadership, compared with 66% of Russians, while the percentage offering no opinion is much higher in Pakistan.)

Pew Research Center
The Putin Popularity Score
Russia's Weakened Democratic Embrace