Shocker! Vladimir Poutine wins the Russian election

So the Russian election is done.

But can you call them an election when the opposition “leader” is considered by most a puppet of Russian Prime Minister [or leader for life] Vladimir Poutine.

The real opposition leader Alexei Navalny, anti-corruption campaigner, was barred from running because he was convicted of fraud in a case widely regarded as politically motivated.

With ballots from 80 per cent of Russia’s precincts counted by early Monday, Putin had amassed 76 per cent of the vote. Turnout was expected to be at a bit over 60% – a bit less than previous elections.

There were quite a few irregularities when it came to voting. Among them:

  • CCTV recorded staff stuffing ballot boxes when there were no voters in the room in at least 2 locations.
  • Influx of people within a short period of time.
  • Some workers were require to prove that they voted in the election.
  • Last-minute voter registration changes likely designed to boost turnout.
  • A huge pro-Putin sign in one polling station.
  • Ballot boxes being stuffed with extra ballots in multiple regions.
  • An election official assaulting an observer.
  • Some voters feared losing their jobs or worse if they didn’t vote.

The Central Election Commission also claimed it had been the target of a hacking attempt from 15 unidentified nations that was deterred by authorities. You can laugh now.

Poutine took the helm in Russia on New Year’s Eve 1999 after Boris Yeltsin’s surprise resignation, that itself was suspicious.

Note: As usual, this information was taken from various sources.