From this discussion, it is clear that the president is predominant in Russian politics, a system that began centuries ago. The powers vested upon the Russian president were extended in 1993, when he was given authority over foreign policy and the armed forces. Among the three branches of government, the president occupies an elevated position and is hardly answerable to anyone. National governments suffer instability when disagreements occur among the leading branches. The presidential system in Russia ensures that the national government is stable.
This paper makes a conclusion that in recent years, there have been efforts to make Russia a democratic nation. However, the nation is just an electoral democracy and not a liberal democracy. For this reason, it cannot be termed as a fully democratic nation. Democracy is not strong and this can be attributed to the failure of the political system for its lack of institutions that support democracy. There are weaknesses and underdevelopment in Russia’s rule of law, civil society and party system. At both national and regional levels, the respective heads have too much power. A lot of crime and corruption which are vices that corrode democracy are present everywhere. Kuchins gives an example of the nation’s independent media, which although it was thriving in the 1990s, it came under more control of the state after the 1990s, especially during the reign of President Vladimir Putin.