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The paper illustrates the governement's agility in response to opposition protests and the debacle of parliamentary elections. We explore the evolution of Kremlin strategies from a reliance on cooptation to more coercive strategies-a trend that continued after Putin's election in March. These strategies were successful in mobilizing core voters, creating common identity among participants, and containing the electoral effects of the opposition protests. However, the governement's's strategydoi:10.2139/ssrn.2156342 fatcat:4licod5ibrf47mvagkg7kovveu