On 18 March , Vladimir Putin was predictably elected to become the Russian president for the fourth time. The range of given predictions, however, was utterly unspectacular. Almost every observer repeated, nearly word for word, one and the same set of ideas. At home, the regime will continue slowly stagnating and will be combating dissatisfaction and dissent by intensifying repressions Kolesnikov, ; Wood, ; Snyder, ; Blank, Zygar,
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Indeed, in the elections that were held, there was only a single slate of candidates, the great majority of whom were in effect chosen by the Communist Party. For the first time, elections to these bodies presented voters with a choice of candidates, including noncommunists, though the Communist Party continued to dominate the system. Thereafter, the pace of change accelerated. The structure of the new Russian government differed significantly from that of the former Soviet republic. It was characterized by a power struggle between the executive and legislative branches, primarily over issues of constitutional authority and the pace and direction of democratic and economic reform. On December 12, , three-fifths of Russian voters ratified a new constitution proposed by Yeltsin, and representatives were elected to a new legislature.
The Russian Federation was the largest nation to emerge from the break up of the Soviet Union in December Following the constitutional crisis of , Russia adopted a new constitution in a referendum of December Essentially the country is described as a federal presidential republic.
Putin and a demonstration of how the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy cybertools more aggressively, current and former government officials said. Advocates of the more aggressive strategy said it was long overdue, after years of public warnings from the Department of Homeland Security and the F. But it also carries significant risk of escalating the daily digital Cold War between Washington and Moscow. Since at least , current and former officials say, the United States has put reconnaissance probes into the control systems of the Russian electric grid.