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Putin’s last stand

Never in Russian history was electoral fraud so shameless

The election of Vladimir Putin as president of Russia was expected. But it had nothing to do with democracy or free choice.

Putin and his supporters have used his domination of the media and their ability to coerce, bribe and control the electoral apparatus along with outright fraud to guarantee his victory. The Putin machine blocked genuine challengers from even registering as candidates. His staff and Kremlin appointees forced cultural figures into endorsing his candidacy with threats of blacklisting and cutting government support. Workers and teenagers from small towns across Russia were seduced with free trips and cash gifts and…

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