democracy in Russia? No, of course not. It would be better and easier for everyone to drop that pretense. Anyone who does business there should assume that the bribe is just another negotiating point.
What Russia has is a kleptocracy. Stealing and cheating are a way of life in this new version of Russia. The only thing the Russians are free of is a monarchy to keep everyone distracted and numb. I'm not aware of whether or not Putin and Medvedev are going to try handing things over to their progeny. If they decide to go that route, don't be surprised.