Vladimir Putin, the Beginning of the End
Rahvusvahelised uudised 08 Dec 2011  EWR
    Trüki   E-post   FB     
Vladimir Kara Murza - pics/2011/12/34324_1.jpg
Vladimir Kara Murza
Apart from silencing opponents and enriching personal friends, the one thing Vladimir Putin was really good at was fixing elections. In this, he had a perfect track record since March 2000—until last Sunday. The Russian parliamentary election on December 4th was neither free nor fair. Several opposition groups had been barred from the ballot; officials pressured voters to support the ruling party; the vote-count was marred by ballot-stuffing and the rigging of protocols. But even in these conditions—and even by the official figures—most Russians voted against Vladimir Putin. His party, United Russia, received 49.3 percent of the vote, losing its two-thirds supermajority in Parliament for the first time in eight years. Compared to the last poll in 2007, when it registered 64.3 percent, United Russia’s result represents a net loss of 13 million votes and 77 seats in the 450-seat Duma (down from 315 to 238).....

Article: http://www.worldaffairsjournal...
    Trüki   E-post   FB     

Vaata veel ...

Lisa uus sündmus