Russia is a democracy with a very strong presidency. The Communist Party lost power and the country began holding democratic elections in 1991.
Russia elects a president every six years. A president can only serve two consecutive six-year terms. The president of Russia is Vladimir Putin. There has been some controversy over the legitimacy of his elections, however. Europe's OSCE and Amnesty International have raised concern about administrative influence over the elections and the secrecy of the vote. The government has also actively moved to prevent outside observers from monitoring the elections. If election results were indeed falsified or influenced, the country could be said to be a dictatorship.