The current government of Russia can be classified as a federation which is semi-presidential in nature. It features both a president, who is the head of state, as well as a prime minister, who serves as the head of the national government. Regarded as a multi-party representative democracy, the government is divided into three branches: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial.

Russia’s electoral system states that the people elect the president as well as the members of the nation’s federal legislature. The maximum time a president can serve is two consecutive six year terms. Members of the State Duma, the lower house of the Federal Assembly, may serve for a period of five years. The upper house of the Assembly, the Federation Council, consists of 170 members.

Although officially known as The House of the Government of the Russian Federation, the business of the country is conducted in a building commonly called the White House. Once known as The House of the Soviets, this structure was designed by Dmitry Chechulin and Pavel Shteller. Initial construction began in 1965 but work wasn’t fully completed until 1981. The President’s official residence is the Kremlin, a historic complex located in the center of Moscow.

There are currently a number of active political parties active in Russia; Russia has a multiparty system. However, the government has been accused of blocking the formation of new political parties.

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