Welcome to Putinland

Monday, December 3, 2007 at 2:00 | Posted in Election, russia | Leave a comment

The flag of Putinland

The electoral farce in Russia is over and the result seems to be as expected: only pro Putin parties get MP’s elected. Putin’s party United Russia seems to have gotten well above 60 % of the vote. This is estimated to give the party almost 400 seats in the 450 member state duma.

The Other Russia counts up a large number of irregularities before and during the election. These include detentions of opposition leaders during the campaign, indications of multiple voting, forging absentee ballots and ballots inserted before opening of polling stations and many other similar tricks. Notably, the OSCE refused to send observers to Russia because restrictions imposed on them by the government would have made it impossible to conduct a serious monitoring mission.

Putin can not run for a third term unless he uses the commanding majority of his party to amend the constitution. The deadline for presidential candidates to be announced is 23rd December. We may or may not know more about the future developments of Putinland by then.


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