The opposition Union of Right Forces is opposing President Putin’s attempts to reduce free enterprise in the Russian economy. The Union is offering candidates in the upcoming State Duma elections who champion the idea of free enterprise and individual initiative. They believe reforms begun by Yeltsin in the 1990s to open the Russian economy to market forces are being undone by Putin’s conservative quasi-authoritarian tendencies which increasingly place the government as a force in the national economy. The Union of Right Forces seeks a Russia which follows free market ideas, has a volunteer army, and a more open and liberal approach to foreign policy.
There is scant doubt Putin has complete control over the upcoming election and his candidates will win in a vast majority of races. The tragedy for the Russian people is to have an improving economy and a backward leader who seeks returning to the good old days of authoritarian rule.