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By Michael McFaul

In June 1996, for the 1st time in thousand years, Russian electorate got the opportunity to pick their head of kingdom in a democratic election. Michael McFaul analyzes 3 significant elements that mix to provide an explanation for why Boris Yeltsin's victory, must have been anticipated, discusses the explanations at the back of Yeltsin's victory, and examines its effect on electoral politics in post-Soviet Russia.

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