Summer 1 Research Proposal: Legitimacy of Russian Opposition Parties

This is my research proposal for my Summer 2021 (first summer) project. It describes my goals for researching the legitimacy of recently-formed opposition parties in light of the upcoming Russian election as well as the topic of democratic elements in a broadly autocratic system.

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Lia Sokol

Student, Cornell University

Hi! My name is Lia, and I am a second-year student at Cornell University. I'm majoring in Government and pursuing an independent major that combines politics, international studies, and sociology. My Laidlaw project is focused on public opinion and politics in Russia. I am hoping to examine facets of democracy within an autocratic regime, exploring the legitimacy of three Russian opposition parties and their relationships with the country's ruling United Russia party.