Category Archives: Elections

Exiled Belarusian opposition candidate calls on 32 world leaders — but not Vladimir Putin — to support campaign against Lukashenko

9:49 am, August 3, 2020 – Source: Meduza Valery Tsepkalo (Valeryy Tsapkala), one of two leading Belarusian oppositionists who’s been denied candidacy in the country’s upcoming presidential election, has addressed a letter to 32 heads of state calling on them to support “free and fair presidential elections in Belarus.” The news agencies Dozhdand Interfax have published excerpts from Tsepkalo’s text.  “The authorities in Belarus

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Duda narrowly wins presidential election in Poland, – exit polls

08:03, 13 July 2020 : 112 Ukraine 50.4 percent of voters supported the incumbent president, while 49.6 upheld Rafał Trzaskowski, the candidate from Platforma Obywatelska party. Incumbent president of Poland Andrzej Duda has won in the second leg of presidential election. He barely won in the faceoff with the other candidate who lost by less than one percent of votes. TVN24 reported that referring

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Power To The Putin: What’s In Russia’s Constitutional Reforms Package?

June 11, 2020 04:27 GMT – RFE/RL Russian President Vladimir Putin has introduced a package of constitutional reforms that would potentially allow him to remain in power until 2036, but that’s not all that’s changing. One official compared the package to a fixed-price meal. We took a look at what surprises Russians are being served along with their borsch and

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E-mail voting to be possible in Russia

21:13, 24 May 2020 – 112 New rules will be applied to local and governor elections. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on the possibility of distant voting in elections and referendums at all levels. The text of the document is published on the official Internet portal of legal information. The possibility of electronic voting, as well as voting by mail, is

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Journalists wary of rigging potential as Putin offers online vote

The draft will be submitted for Duma consideration in the coming days. The administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin has drafted a bill that will allow remote voting, including by mail, in elections at various levels. The draft will be submitted for State Duma consideration in the coming days. New legislation will allow the Central Election Commission to introduce a

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U.S. Senate intelligence report backs joint assessment of 2016 Russian meddling – media

23:20, 21 April 2020 The committee review said interviews with those involved in drafting the assessment showed that “analysts were under no politically motivated pressure to reach specific conclusions.” The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released its review of a joint assessment issued by U.S. intelligence agencies of Russia’s coordinated campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election. In its

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Afraid of the known Russians now see Putin as a threat not a saviour — StopFake

Russian President Vladimir PutinBy Kseniya Kirillova, for Byline Times Against the backdrop of the Coronavirus pandemic, Russian President Vladimir Putin cancelled a largely symbolic nationwide referendum on his constitutional amendments, including the ‘nullification’ of the presidential term. But Viktor Shenderovich – a Russian journalist and playwright – believes that Putin’s motive in doing this has… Afraid of the known Russians now

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FBI had information Steele dossier was part of ‘Russian disinformation campaign,’ declassified footnotes show

The FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane team investigating the Trump 2016 campaign received multiple indications that former British spy Christopher Steele — one of their key informants in their investigation — was part of an elaborate “Russian disinformation campaign,” according to several newly declassified footnotes from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on FBI misconduct. “It’s ironic that the Russian collusion narrative was fatally flawed

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Russia trying to stoke U.S. racial tensions before election, officials say

18:32, 6 April 2020 Russian intelligence services are trying to incite violence by white supremacist groups to sow chaos in the United States, American intelligence officials said. The Russian government has stepped up efforts to inflame racial tensions in the United States as part of its bid to influence November’s presidential election, including trying to incite violence by white supremacist

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WSJ: Putin can’t afford to leave office —

https://www.wsj.com/articles/putin-cant-afford-to-leave-office-when-his-term-ends-11584128744?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=1 Putin Can’t Afford to Leave Office When His Term Ends Surrendering power would endanger his cronies and subject him to a grim historical reckoning. By David SatterMarch 13, 2020 6:34 pm ET Vladimir Putin is prepared to run for a fifth term as Russian president. “What’s the point of being subtle?” asked close Putin ally […] WSJ: Putin can’t afford

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Biden on son’s connection with Ukrainian gas firm: “He did not do a single thing wrong”

09:25, 28 October 2019 In response to President Trump’s ongoing calls to investigate his son further for his work with the company, Biden leveled his own challenge. Joe Biden said his son did nothing wrong while serving on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while the former vice president was serving under the Obama administration. In an interview with

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Facebook Suspends Russian Instagram Accounts Targeting U.S. Voters

October 21, 2019 20:26 GMT Facebook says it has suspended a series of Instagram accounts originating in Russia whose operators posed as people inside the United States that targeted Americans with divisive political messages ahead of next year’s presidential election. The social-media giant on October 21 said it had also suspended three separate networks operated from Iran. It said the

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What can Ukraine expect from Canada’s federal election?

EDMONTON, Canada — As Canadians head to the polls on Oct. 21, the Ukrainian government may be wondering how a potential change in leadership could alter relations with Kyiv’s closest overseas ally.   Among the numerous parties represented on ballots across the country, there are six with enough legitimacy and reach to take part in nationally televised debates, and only three —

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Ex-Ukraine prosecutor said he was told to back off probe of Biden-linked firm, files show

Ukraine controversy brings focus to Hunter Biden’s background.  New questions over Ukraine dealings by former Vice President Joe Biden’s son. The fired prosecutor at the center of the Ukraine controversy said during a private interview with President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani earlier this year that he was told to back off an investigation involving a natural gas firm that

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Canada’s Green Party admits editing photo of leader holding disposable cup

Now you see it, now you don’t. The Green Party in Canada has admitted to using an image on their website of leader Elizabeth May drinking out of a reusable cup with a metal straw that actually was doctored with Photoshop. The image, which originally showed May using a disposable cup, was altered to use a different cup that displayed

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New details reported on Trump-Ukraine call as Dems clash with White House on complaint

The controversy over President Trump’s mysterious call with a foreign leader that prompted a whistleblower complaint ratcheted up Friday afternoon as a new report said it involved Trump asking the president of Ukraine numerous times in a single phone call to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son. Meanwhile, after Trump called the whistleblower a partisan and dismissed the allegation

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Actor Jailed for ‘Spraining’ Policeman’s Shoulder at Moscow Election Protests

A Moscow court has jailed an actor for 3.5 years Monday after finding him guilty of dislocating a riot police officer’s shoulder during anti-government protests last month. Pavel Ustinov, detained Aug. 3, is among a dozen activists and passersby held on various charges relating to mass election protests that rocked the Russian capital this summer. Videos show Ustinov, 24, standing

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A Blow To Fair Elections: Russian Police Stand Idly By As Election Observer Is Sucker Punched

Based on the reaction of police and election officials inside St. Petersburg polling station 1619, the event that unfolded before them on election day last week was nothing out of the ordinary. Vasily Dyachenko, a 30-year-old election observer, was monitoring the polling on September 8 and had been trying for an hour to get the officials managing the process to

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Russia’s Ruling Party Loses a Third of Seats in Moscow Election After Protests – Reports

Russia’s ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, has lost a slew of seats in the Moscow parliament, the state-run RIA news agency said on Monday, suggesting a tactical voting strategy pushed by opponents may have worked. Sunday’s poll was one of the most closely watched local elections in years after the exclusion of many opposition candidates triggered the Russian capital’s

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