Putin loyalists win Russian local elections

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Observers from Golos recorded more than 1,000 violations nationwide, including voter roll irregularities and multiple voting.“No one is ashamed of anything anymore,” Golos deputy head Grigory Melkonyants said. “We have open and transparent violations of the law, and nobody in government is doing anything about it.”At a meeting with the head of the Central Election Commission, Putin said the elections were “a serious step toward strengthening Russian statehood and created the conditions for energetic, effective development.”Evidence of election fraud at the parliamentary election last December triggered mass anti-Putin protests in Moscow, empowering marginalized opposition leaders. But the dismal turnout on Sunday indicates a passive electorate with little interest in elections that most Russians assume will be manipulated.The highest numbers of violations were reported in the southern cities of Saratov and Krasnodar, according to Golos. The reported violations included the use of fake absentee ballots and the practice of “carousels” enabling people to vote multiple times.Nikolai Levichev, who heads the opposition Just Russia faction in parliament, said observers from his party caught a schoolteacher stuffing ballots who tried to excuse herself by saying “It’s only five ballots.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more