Russia Election Raises New Questions

Putin will have to step down soon, in spite of his party's win, but he still can pass the mantle and choose how much power he'll wield once he's out
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a forum with supporters in Moscow, 21 November 2007. VLADIMIR RODIONOV/AFP/Getty Images

A surprise it certainly wasn't. Russian parliamentary elections on Dec. 2 delivered a landslide victory for United Russia, the party that backs President Vladimir Putin. United Russia is on course to pick up around 63% of the vote, well ahead of the next most popular party, the Communists (, 11/30/07), with just 11.5%.

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