The author analyses the defeat of two Russian democratic parties in the 2003 parliamentary elections. If the Russian people turn away from political freedom, then democracy in Russia is in danger. If it is about the defeat of individual politicians, then one can take a deep breath and start getting ready for the new election cycle. Finding the answer to this question, the author states that the movement to freedom in Russia is going to be continued very soon after a short soft-authoritarian breathing space. This statement is well-reasoned and based on social research and a deep understanding of the Russian electors’ psychology.