Analysis of the Post-Election Structural Changes in the Lower House of the Federal Assembly of Russia
How Government Relations Professionals Can Work with The New State Duma

October 28, 2021

On September 17–19, elections to the lower house of the Federal Assembly (the State Duma of the VIII convocation) were held in Russia. The pro-Government United Russia party received a constitutional majority of seats: 49.8% of the party list votes and 198 of the 225 seats elected through legislative constituencies. Seats were also won by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (18.9%), the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (7.5%), A Just Russia – For Truth (7.4%) and, for the first time ever, New People (5.3%).

The State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the VIII convocation commenced its work on 12 October 2021. By 18 October, the leadership of the State Duma and its commissions and committees had been determined and the schedule of plenary sessions approved.

The balance between various political groups of influence and the "informal" (internal) structure of the parliamentary corps in the new State Duma has changed.

The structure of those State Duma committees significant for the business community has altered greatly. Given the new powers of the State Duma to approve the Prime Minister, and "civil" deputy prime ministers and ministers (whose powers are latent yet formal), as well as the dynamics of the socio-political climate, these changes will affect both the role of the new State Duma itself and the mechanics of the legislative process, with significant potential impact on the business community.

Kesarev has prepared a thorough analysis of the changed structure of the State Duma and the specifics of the work of the committees important to the business community, identifying political and corporate groups influencing them:

  • Main Features of the New State Duma Significant for the Corporate GR Function;
  • Possible Changes in the Legislative Activities of the State Duma of the VIII Convocation and in Interaction Between the State Duma and the Government of Russia;
  • The New Structure of State Duma Committees Relevant to the Business Community;
  • Factors Affecting the Work of the New State Duma;
  • Aspects of the Political Governance of the Work of the State Duma and Key Factions;
  • Industry-Specific Committees in the State Duma that Follow the "One Committee Per Ministry" Formula;
  • Industry-Specific Committees in the State Duma with a Complex System of Interaction with Ministries Not Under The "One Committee Per Ministry" Formula.
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