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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 11:14 AM
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RUSSIA: rigging was still there-it's just that the loss was so big it couldn't be disguised...
Edited on Mon Dec-05-11 11:15 AM by kpete
The rigging was still there, of course, it's just that the loss was so big it couldn't be thoroughly disguised:



Western Monitors Criticize Russian Elections





MOSCOW Western election monitors said on Monday that they had observed blatant fraud, including the brazen stuffing of ballot boxes, in the parliamentary elections that delivered surprisingly big losses to United Russia, the party led by Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin.

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Petros Efthymiou, who led the short-term O.S.C.E. observer mission, said the elections proved that the Russian people can form the future of this country by expressing their will despite many obstacles. However, changes are needed for the will of the people to be respected, Mr. Efthymiou said. I particularly noticed the interference of the state in all levels of political life, the lack of necessary conditions for fair competition and no independence of the media.

Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini, who headed the mission of the O.S.C.E.s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, compared the elections to a game in which only some players are allowed on the pitch, and then the field is tilted in favor of one of the players.

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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 11:28 AM
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1. As always, Russia is behind us & playing catch-up.
They'll never match us, though. We are the masters of election fraud. Those idiots are still voting on paper, which makes the ballot-box stuffing so much more laborious and easily detected.
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johnb72341js Donating Member (18 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-24-11 03:39 AM
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5. +1
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 11:31 AM
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2. Perhaps the corrupt state left them no other option? nt
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zacherystaylor Donating Member (97 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:34 AM
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3. The support for their candidates seems to be as phony
The support for their candidates seems to be as phony as the support for candidates in the US, or it is based on indoctrination like here.
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Peggy Day Donating Member (859 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 11:12 AM
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4. Kinda like here in 2008? nt
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