Russia: Fraud, intimidation and bribery as Putin prepares for victory

From: The Guardian

In a leak to Russian media this week, one senior election official said that regional governors had been told to deliver at least 65% of the vote for Putin’s party, an “unrealistically high” total that could be achieved only through electoral fraud and by compelling people to vote. …

Regional election workers would also stuff ballot boxes – as they had done on previous occasions – boosting United Russia’s vote by about 20%, he estimated. These results could be refined still further by using the election commission’s central computer. “You can falsify as much as you want. But the result must be truthful-looking,” he said.

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