Kremlin’s election games provide opening for opposition

  • 2016-09-21
  • Vladimir V. Kara-Murza
Last Sunday, Russians voted in their seventh parliamentary election since the fall of the Soviet Union. The last three of those elections — all of them under the government of Vladimir Putin — were assessed by Western observers as falling far short of European standards of democracy. The last vote, in 2011, was marred by especially high — and especially blatant — manipulatio and fraud, as some 14 million votes were estimated to have been “stolen” in favour of Putin’s party, and was followed by mass protests across the country, when tens of thousands...
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