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The Russian election wasn't one

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20.09.2021

How often was it said and written in the run-up to this election that the results were a foregone conclusion and that the only thing the country's gray eminences needed to fiddle with were the digits to the right of the decimal point? This certainty expressed by so many political observers made the visible apprehension in Moscow prior to the elections hard to explain. "The power" — which is the name people have given to the Russian government — left no stone unturned to maintain its political grip on the country.

From the Kremlin's point of view, this act of political theater needed to go off without a hitch. And that's why months of work were put into writing and fine-tuning the political script that would play out this past weekend. Hundreds of opposition politicians weren't allowed to run, mostly on flimsy grounds. And in St. Petersburg, fake candidates were even put forward as doppelgängers using the same names as liberal politicians who were in with a good chance of doing well.

This was a farcical kind of manipulation — but in other places, the way opposition figures were prevented from doing their work was not funny........

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