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Sun Jul 5, 2020, 08:03 AM

Election Monitors Find 'Unprecedented' Levels Of Fraud In Russian Vote On Extending Putin's Rule

https://www.rferl.org/a/election-monitors-find-unprecedented-levels-of-fraud-in-russian-vote-on-extending-putin-s-rule/30704791.html


A woman wears a face mask with the message "No To Putin" during a protest against the constitutional amendments in St. Petersburg on July 1.

July 03, 2020 15:29 GMT

By Matthew Luxmoore - Radio Free Europe (Calling on in transit... )

MOSCOW -- The day President Vladimir Putin declared victory in a vote on constitutional changes that pave the way for him to rule Russia until 2036, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov called it a "triumphal referendum on confidence" in the former KGB officer, who has already spent over two decades in power.

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Kremlin critics were struck by the retroactive portrayal of the vote as a plebiscite on support for Putin. His name was almost completely absent from promotional material and TV reports urging Russians to vote on a package of over 200 constitutional amendments -- despite the fact that a clause allowing Putin to reset term limits was among the most consequential of them.

They also alleged that the high turnout and support reflected in official results were engineered to conform with targets set down well in advance by Putin's aides.

"The updated 'results' are fake and a huge lie," said opposition politician Aleksei Navalny, who had called on his supporters to boycott the vote. "They have nothing in common with the opinion of Russia's citizens."

Claims of fraud quickly began mounting.

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Yeah... um, perhaps we should look at this as a cautionary tale come November?

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Jul 5, 2020, 08:17 AM

1. No doubt Putin will be doing all be can to make sure his puppet here gets reelected

GOTV

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Jul 5, 2020, 08:17 AM

2. No shit.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Jul 5, 2020, 08:32 AM

3. Only 77.9%? Strange, Putin usually "wins" by a much larger margin.

(CNBC) "With all the votes counted, the electoral commission said Thursday morning that the final count showed 77.9% of those who voted were in favor of amendments to the constitution of Russia and 21.2% against, state news agency RIA Novosti reported. Data showed voter turnout was 65%, the commission said."

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Jul 5, 2020, 08:33 AM

4. You know it.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Jul 5, 2020, 08:55 AM

5. Putin will be around a long, long time

There's something to be said for hiring 70-somethings. Built-in term limits.

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