In Russia, December was by far the most eventful month of 2011.
United Russia's poor showing in the December 4th parliamentary
elections and the street demonstrations that followed undoubtedly
sent a jolt to the leadership. Although Putin's election in
March 2012 seems assured and we do not foresee a "Russian
Spring", some of the complacency of the Putin/Medvedev
administration may disappear from Russian politics, at least for a
while. Russia in 2012: Forces for Change gives a
personal view of the year's principal events, as contributed by
a number of our colleagues from CMS, Moscow.
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