INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated December 10, 2019

April 24, 2012

The Institute of Contemporary Development

PUTIN STEPPING DOWN AS UNITED RUSSIA LEADER, PUTS FORWARD MEDVEDEV

Russia Today

Experts have explained the fall of United Russia’s popularity, saying that voters want more precise programs from political parties, not vague concepts like Putin’s Plan. The head of the Institute of Modern Development, Igor Yurgens said that United Russia is currently an assembly of people with completely different political beliefs, united only by their loyalty to Putin as future president. The expert said that the current political process requires a split between leftist and rightist members within the party. “The simultaneous presence of socialists, social democrats and billionaires from the Forbes list who skillfully defend big business and who are in essence rightist politicians is impossible for a ruling party with its need to develop and hold a single political course,” Yurgens was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.He also added that United Russia’s results in the latest poll “were not especially good” and the party understands that it must make changes.