Russia faces the last day of vote in the parliamentary elections with the United Russia United Governmental Party as the unique favorite. The Central Electoral Commission reported that participation was 35.7% one hour after schools open on this third electoral day. The greatest participation is recorded in the republics of Chechnya and Tuva: 73.6% and 66.9%, respectively, had voted at noon.
To encourage participation, the authorities have resorted to raffles of different types. The Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce of Industries of Moscow, Vladimir Mojte, announced before the elections that the awards raised in the Russian capital would include 21 apartments in one room, 100 cars and vouchers of up to 1,000 euros.
This morning has been known that the Kremlin spokesman, Dimitri Peskov, has been awarded in one of the raffles with 10,000 rubles (116 euros). Peskov, who voted on the Internet last Friday, told Russian agency Sputnik that he had just learned about the news. "I'm not aware, I have to check it," he said.
The expected victory of the ruling Russia United Party will be used by the Kremlin as proof of support for Vladimir Putin. The President's electoral brand faces a fall in popularity indices, but it is still more popular than their closest election rivals, the Communist Party and the LDPR Nationalist Party, two old formations that often support Kremlin.
The campaign has come loaded with controversy. Many opposition candidates have not been authorized to attend these elections. Kremlin denies a politically driven offensive and says that people are processed by violating the law.
Google decided to eliminate the Application of Navalny from the Google Play store after the threats of criminal prosecution of employees of the company. The same did Apple. Now the opponents accuse Apple and Google to yield to the Kremlin pressures.
Putin needs to keep his parliamentary 'supermayority', the same one that last year helped him change the law and be able to postulate for the position again. Today is the last national vote before the presidential elections of 2024. The President, who will turn 69 next month, has not said if it was appointed but there is no indication that a successor has been prepared.
The deputies of the Eurocámara recommended to the EU not to recognize the results of these Russian elections. "The document is a typical example of interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign State," said Russian representative before the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov.
To avoid agglomerations in colleges, the Central Electoral Commission has prolonged the vote for three days and authorized the electronic vote in the cities of Moscow and Sevastopol, as well as in the Kursk, Nizhni Novgorod, Murmansk and Rostov of Don Rostov.Updated Date: 21 September 2021, 01:41