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    Russian Duma Elections 2021:Navalny's allies say vote Communist to hurt United Russia

    Reuters
    MOSCOW, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny urged Russians on Wednesday to vote for the Communist Party at a parliamentary election this week, part of a tactical voting campaign meant to hurt the ruling United Russia party.

    Navalny's "smart voting" campaign is designed to consolidate the votes of those who oppose United Russia, which currently holds three-quarters of the seats in the lower house of parliament and dominates Russian political life.

    The initiative is one of the few remaining levers for Navalny, who is serving two-and-a-half years in prison for alleged parole violations, which he says are trumped up.

    His movement was branded "extremist" in the run-up to the Sep. 17-19 vote, and a law signed by President Vladimir Putin in June barred members of such groups from running for office. read more

    "Millions of people in Russia hate United Russia," said Navalny ally Leonid Volkov in a video accompanying a list of candidates Navalny's allies say have the best chance of defeating United Russia in different electoral districts.

    "Explain to everyone who isn't satisfied with what is going on in the country that they need to go and vote in these elections."

    The bulk of the candidates Navalny's allies support are from the Communist Party, Russia's second most popular party. It currently has 43 lawmakers in the 450-seat legislature. Navalny's allies recommended Communist candidates in 11 of the capital's 15 districts.

    After Navalny's allies published their list, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, a Putin ally, published his own list of recommended candidates in the city.

    "I head the United Russia party list in Moscow and call on you to vote for this party," Sobyanin wrote on his website.

    Putin, who has been in power as either president or prime minister since 1999, helped found United Russia but is not a member.

    In the run-up to the vote, Putin approved higher salaries and one-off payments to military and law enforcement personnel. He pledged similar measures for pensioners. read more

    Kremlin critics say the measures are designed to boost support for United Russia. The Kremlin says the support measures have nothing to do with the vote.
    One thing from Navalny i can fully endorse.

    I think Communists come up as about 60% of total "Smart Vote" suggestions - usually chosen as "best by polling after excluding United Russia".
    Last edited by Shalcker; 2021-09-16 at 05:23 PM.

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    Merely a Setback JohnBrown1917's Avatar
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    Sounds fun.
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    Timmy still can get lunch, it's just not free.

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    In the run-up to the vote, Putin approved higher salaries and one-off payments to military and law enforcement personnel. He pledged similar measures for pensioners. read more

    Kremlin critics say the measures are designed to boost support for United Russia. The Kremlin says the support measures have nothing to do with the vote.
    Lol. Strongman tactics 101. Pay off the guys with the guns before you "win" the elections by an "overwhelming majority".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mihalik View Post
    Lol. Strongman tactics 101. Pay off the guys with the guns before you "win" the elections by an "overwhelming majority".
    It's not like their tactics are fool-proof.

    Even when it comes to "photograph your ballot with right vote and send it to me" people can take the money then spoil the bulletin.

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