Russia’s political culture is influenced by its geography, culture orientation, and conflicting attitudes regarding state.
Three trends in Russia’s political history are centralized power, diversity, and the battle against Western influence.
The constitution of 1993 established a strong president position checked by popular election and the Duma.
The president of Russia holds the majority of the power.
Russia's current Constitution was created in 1993.
Russia has a hybrid regime and is a semi-presidential system.
Russia was a communist economy until 1991. It now has a mixed economy.
Russia's executive branch consists of two members: the president (Medvedev) and the prime minister (Putin)
Russia's legislature follows a bicameral legislature with the Duma being the lower house, and the Federation Council being the upper house.
Most political parties in Russia center themselves around a particular leader.
Under Putin, Russia's military is gaining momentum -- such as having a presence in places like Georgia and Chechnya.