A few different approaches to the 2012 Presidential elections in the press today.
1) Shared power will continue
. Russia is moving towards a ‘managed pluralism
‘, under which a two-party system will periodically exchange power, but will always remain at the beck and call of the ruling class.
2) Uncertainty related to both the Presidential and upcoming State Duma elections is bad for the economy
, and is driving net capital outflows.
3) Election? Who cares. ‘[I]nterest is already waning over who will serve a six-year term as Russia’s next president. While at one time it was the most intriguing question in politics, it now seems to have lost any special meaning, with pure inertia driving the buzz among journalists and observers over the issue.‘