Political analyst Sergey Averin says that one must always keep in mind that “in the current political system of Russia, the State Duma is not a source of genuinely important initiatives and does not play a significant role in the formation of state policy and direction.” It exists primarily to “legitimize” decisions taken elsewhere.”
Those in the executive get some deputy or other to put forward measures that have already been designed or even written out elsewhere Typically, he says, the powers that be turn to members of the United Russia power or to those “in the camps so to speak of the fake opposition as for example Just Russia.”
“The discipline and conformist character of the actions of pro-government structures have been known for a long time,” Averin says. “Most of the time, led by their own personal reasons, deputies agree to take on themselves the role of ‘initiators.’” And unfortunately, those from some regions are more ready to do that than those from others.
“Unfortunately,” he continues, “the political culture in the Chuvash Republic has not reached the level that its representatives initiate important and necessary proposals on their own.” Instead, they simply take orders from above but almost never follow guidance from below.