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Russian Election Boosts Putin, Sparks Protests

Posted on Dec 3, 2007

The results of Sunday’s parliamentary election in Russia, which resulted in a sweeping victory for Vladimir Putin’s party, United Russia, and signaled that the president will stay in power beyond the end of his second term next spring, are being questioned on a national and international scale.  However, Putin insisted that United Russia’s big win, with around 64 percent of the vote, wasn’t the product of any electoral foul play.

AP via My Way News:

The victory paves the way for Putin to remain Russia’s de facto leader even after he leaves office next spring. On Monday, Putin described the weekend’s election as a vote of confidence in him.

“I headed the United Russia ticket and, of course, it’s a sign of public trust,” Putin said in televised remarks.

Sunday’s vote followed a tense Kremlin campaign that relied on a combination of persuasion and intimidation to ensure victory for the United Russia party and for Putin, who has used a flood of oil revenues to move his country into a more assertive position on the global stage.

Opposition leader Garry Kasparov denounced the legitimacy of the vote.

“There are no illusions that what is being called elections was the most unfair and dirtiest in the whole history of modern Russia,” the former chess champion said at a news conference.

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By CHARLIE KASNICK, December 4, 2007 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment
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By Terry, December 3, 2007 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment
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The pot and the kettle springs to mind

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By John M Hall, December 3, 2007 at 5:05 pm Link to this comment
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Russia’s favorite toy for the holiday season: Hammer And Sickle Me Vladmo!!!  I like power! Police state good! Ahahahahahaha!!!

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By Scott, December 3, 2007 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment

If humanity looks closely into the eyes of all its leaders it will see the same thing that has been reflected there since humans crawled down from the trees.

Us against them. Its always been this way.

You want change? We need to outlaw secrecy, and use the technology of the Internet to monitor and control our government. We effectively need to turn it into the Borg before it does the same to us.

We need to do unto them as they would do unto us.

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By P. T., December 3, 2007 at 3:40 pm Link to this comment

Some Russians are alleging there was Florida and Ohio type fraud.

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By thomas billis, December 3, 2007 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment
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Our President looked into the former KGB agent’s eyes and saw a good man.I think he saw the same thing that exists in himself a power hungry despot.Boy it feels good being led by the dumbest leader in the western world.

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