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The point of elections is that the outcome should be uncertain. This was not the case in Russia. There was no real competition and abuse of government resources ensured that the ultimate winner of the election was never in doubt.
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe coordinator Tonino Picula • Discussing the results of the Russian presidential election, which strongly favored Vladimir Putin. Picula suggests that the election was “clearly skewed” in Putin’s favor. With 99 percent of the votes counted, Putin gathered more than 64 percent of the vote — this despite passionate, widespread dissent against the Russian leader. Another voting watchdog, Golos, said it had received 3,000 voting fraud reports. What do you think? Does it looks like the election was rigged?
March 5, 2012 // 9:59 // 2 years ago
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  11. ayyjam said: Seems like pretty standard abuse of power but it’s not like it was unexpected. The only reason Putin hasn’t been President indefinitely is because the constitution prevents him from being so. I wouldn’t be surprised if he moves to change it.
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