Власть Кремля

Задолго до выборов Думы, состоявшихся 7 декабря, можно было предсказать их итог: победит партия "Единство", главный союзник президента Владимира Путина в парламенте. Что не удалось предсказать, так это степень победы так называемой "партии власти" и крайне низкий результат на выборах Коммунистической партии России (КПРФ).

В 1999 году главным соперником "Единства" был блок "Отечество/Вся Россия" (ОВР), который возглавляли экс-премьер Евгений Примаков и мэр Москвы Юрий Лужков, очень популярные в то время фигуры. Но подконтрольные правительству СМИ обрушили на них ряд атак, особенно на Примакова - серьёзного конкурента Путина в борьбе за пост президента.

С тех пор многое изменилось. Блок ОВР стал сначала союзником партии "Единство", а затем и слился с ней в партии, получившей название "Единая Россия", что сделало её явным лидером этого года. Поэтому подконтрольные правительству СМИ избрали целью другого врага - Коммунистическую партию, явно не ожидавшую такую мощную атаку.

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