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Elections in Russian State Duma: Putin’s party is winning amid frauds

Source : 112 Ukraine

It is reported that critics of Putin were barred not to hinder him during the elections; while other candidates do not have enough weight and strength to defeat him
16:20, 20 September 2021

TASS

United Russia Party of President Vladimir Putin has proclaimed its victory at the elections to the State Duma just a few hours after the closure of polling stations on August 19 as BBC reported.

It is reported that critics of Putin were barred not to hinder him during the elections; while other candidates do not have enough weight and strength to defeat him.

Besides, allegations of ballot stuffing and forced voting were provided. Particularly, ballot-box stuffing and threats against election observers were reported. A video widely shared online showed people stuffing papers into ballot boxes. In general, over 4,500 reports of voting violations were presented.

Related: Ukraine imposes sanctions against individuals involved in holding State Duma elections in Donbas, Crimea

However, the Election Committee of Russia rejected all claims.

As of now, over 90% of votes are counted and the United Russia Party has 50% of votes. However, the party lost some ground. In comparison with 2016, it had 54% of votes; while the Communist Party, which gained 20% in 2021, had only 8%.

Earlier, the Eastern Human Rights Group announced that the citizens of occupied Donbas with Russian passports will be taken to Rostov oblast on September 17, 18, and 19, to participate in the elections at the Russian State Duma.

Related: Polling stations for voting at elections to Russian State Duma opened in Ukraine

Meanwhile, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) observes the massive illegal issuance of Russian passports in the temporarily occupied Donbas. According to the press office of the SBU, the local "government" of Donetsk and Luhansk "people's republics" is doing this to make sure that Ukrainians participate in the Russian parliamentary election campaign. 

As it was reported earlier, as of the beginning of May, almost 600,000 Ukrainian citizens received Russian passports. Primarily, the documents were given to local authorities, teachers, doctors.

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