Setbacks for democrats and multi-culturalists

State obstruction will keep the Russian democratic party of the ballot this year. They were required to collect two million signatures, which they did, but since a portion were scanned and not originals--something they had to restort to to meet the dealine--their entire petition was discarded. Putin's party will benefit as a result:

This is a good editorial from "The Moscow Times" which discusses lack of ideas on ethnic policy. The 20% of the population that is non-native Russian will have to wait for new policies.: