Russia, Moscow / Тrend corr R. Agayev / "Only 3 or 4 parties will pass to the Parliament as a result of the elections to take place on 2 December," Russian political scientist, the head of the International Relations Department at the Institute for Political and Military Analysis Sergey Markedonov said.
According to Markedonov, besides the Unified Russia, the Parliament will also include the Communistic Party of Russian Federation, because the party has its stable electorate - pensioners. Moreover, the Liberal and Democratic Party of Russia will also be included, as it is a very good resource. "The Liberal Party is needed in order to demonstrate that we have bad boys and if we leave, they will come. The Liberal Party is needed also because they always vote for the budget and for crucial administrative initiatives," he said.
The issue on the Fair Russia is a disputable one, as the party supports Putin, but opposes the Unified Russia. "The Socialist Revolutionary Party may also be allowed to enter the Parliament, why not?" Markedonov said.
As to the refusal of the OSCE Bureau for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights to observe the Parliamentary Elections in Russia to take place on 2 December, Markedonov said that the incident between the Russian Central Election Committee and the OSCE Bureau for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights should not be regarded as a conflict between Russia and OSCE, as Russia works with the OSCE for instance on Nagorno-Karabakh within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group. But he also expressed his regret for some pre-election rhetoric impedes pragmatic relations between Russia and OSCE.
In his opinion, elections should not impede normal foreign political processes. "We may recall that the cold war had its concrete price for each Soviet citizen - coupons, total deficit, command-administrative system in economics etc. Today nobody will pay that price, and Vladimir Putin realizes that," he said. "Putin is a rather predictable partner. He has rather good relations with G8, therefore we should not say that the United States want to remove Putin, as it understands that there is no real alternative for Putin," he said.