Federalism and elections are undoubtedly recognized and declared by the Russian Constitution as fundamental to the Russian political landscape. However, constitutional declaration of federalism itself, as well as a stated commitment to the electoral process, does not automatically guarantee electoral federalism in reality, but implies insistent efforts of the central government and regional governments to use the advantages of federalism and elections. Otherwise, as it often happens in the contemporary Russian political environment, Russian citizens will be forced to have a unitary model of elections, while at the same time having a constitutionally recognized system of electoral federalism.
Knyazev, Sergey D.
"Federalism and Elections in the Russian Federation: National and Regional Aspects,"
International Journal of Legal Information: Vol. 35
, Article 9.
Available at: http://scholarship.law.cornell.edu/ijli/vol35/iss2/9