John Dunlop is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and an expert on the Soviet collapse and Russian domestic politics. Yesterday, we featured the first half of a conversation between Dunlop and National Review Online’s Daniel Foster about the rise of Vladimir Putin, once and future president of the Russian Federation. In Part II, Dunlop describes the farce that is the upcoming Russian “election,” discusses Putin’s Soviet-imperial ambitions, and reveals the identity of the “Russian Karl Rove.”
DANIEL FOSTER: Let’s talk about the upcoming elections in Russia. There will be parliamentary elections in December and a presidential election in March. Can you give us an outline of the three or four main parties in play?
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