Category Archives: Elections

U.S. Indicts Analyst Behind Trump-Russia Dossier

The case was brought as part of an investigation led by Special Counsel John Durham (pictured), who was appointed by former U.S. President Donald Trump to probe the origins of the FBI’s probe into ties between Russia and his 2016 presidential campaign. (file photo)

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Russian Communists Protest Online Vote Results As Putin Declares State Duma Elections ‘Free And Fair’

September 25, 2021 17:35 GMT – By Current Time – RFE/RL MOSCOW — More than 1,000 Russian demonstrators, angered by the official tally from online voting during last week’s parliamentary elections, defied warnings from authorities on September 25 to protest in central Moscow. The protest was organized by several Russian politicians, most of them Communists, who said they were cheated of

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Online Vote Recount Shows No Sign of Election Fraud, Russian Officials Find

Moscow election officials on Thursday said they found no evidence of wrongdoing in online voting in parliamentary elections after a technical recount of the votes. “The election observation headquarters in Moscow did not find any traces of hacking or ballot stuffing in online voting,” the head of the group Alexei Venediktov said on the Telegram messaging app. Russia’s opposition raised

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Rigged vote highlights growing gulf between Putin’s Russia and democratic Ukraine

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson Russian President Vladimir Putin appears genuinely convinced that Russians and Ukrainians are “one people.” As he made perfectly clear in his lengthy July 2021 essay “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians,” Putin believes the two countries remain inextricably bound together by a common past, and regards their current state of separation as a temporary

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U.S. Says Russians ‘Prevented’ From Exercising Rights in Election

The U.S. State Department cast doubt Monday on the integrity of Russia’s parliamentary election, saying a government crackdown on critics had “prevented” citizens from exercising their civil rights. “The September 17-19 Duma elections in the Russian Federation took place under conditions not conducive to free and fair proceedings,” said State Department spokesperson Ned Price, adding that the crackdown “prevented the

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Romania does not recognize legitimacy of Crimean elections, reaffirms support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity

Romania does not recognize the legitimacy of the elections for the State Duma of the Russian Federation organized on Sunday in Crimea, and reaffirms its support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, informs the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE). The cited source reminds that Romania does not recognize the “illegal annexation” of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and

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Apple, Google Delete Navalny App on Day of Russian Parliamentary Vote

Apple and Google have deleted jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s apps from their online stores after Russian authorities threatened jail time for their employees, Navalny’s aides said Friday. The move comes as voting gets underway in parliamentary elections overshadowed by an unprecedented crackdown on the opposition. The Navalny app contained recommendations for its supporters to cast their ballots in favor

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Election Premonitions on Russian State-Controlled Media

Just a few weeks are left until the Russian legislative election. However, instead of pre-election staples – political debates, analysis of party programmes and similar introspection – the airwaves in Russia are filled with harrowing (and false) stories about the US and Afghanistan. With some exceptions though. Recently a number of Russian officials and pundits have claimed that the West

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Leaked Audio Instructs Russia Poll Watchers to Ignore Voter Fraud – Reports

Russian media published an audio leak Tuesday that they say shows a ruling pro-Kremlin party official instructing poll watchers to ignore voter fraud at the upcoming election. The United Russia party, which was founded by President Vladimir Putin and consistently backs his initiatives, is seeking to maintain its lower-house majority in the Sept. 17-19 parliamentary elections despite its historic unpopularity. The

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Leaked Audio Reveals Alleged Secret Session to Rig Russia Election Results – Novaya Gazeta

A leaked audio recording published by the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper on Thursday has revealed alleged efforts to coordinate “falsification” of votes in Russia’s upcoming parliamentary elections. Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) on Friday announced it has launched a rapid-response inquiry into the recording. According to Novaya Gazeta, the recording was made by an unnamed participant in a training session

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Russia Accuses Google, Apple of Election Interference

Russia said Thursday that Google and Apple’s refusal to remove jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s app ahead of elections could be seen as interference in the country’s domestic affairs. The country is holding parliamentary elections later this month, with nearly all vocal Kremlin critics including Navalny’s allies barred from running. Last month Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor demanded that Google and

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Russia Brands Independent Monitor ‘Foreign Agent’ Ahead of Election

Russia on Wednesday declared an independent election monitor a “foreign agent,” one month before a parliamentary election in which President Vladimir Putin’s unpopular United Russia party is expected to struggle. Created in 2000, Golos had notably denounced election rigging in the 2011 parliamentary election and the 2012 presidential vote which saw Putin return to the Kremlin.  The Russian Justice Ministry included

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EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden-linked firm allegedly offered Ukraine official ‘access’ to Hillary campaign

4 June, 2021 – By Brooke Singman | Fox News Blue Star Strategies, the lobbying firm linked to Hunter Biden and Burisma, reportedly under federal investigation for potential illegal lobbying. EXCLUSIVE:  Former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko told former Obama State Department official George Kent he had been “pitched” by a Hunter Biden and Burisma-linked lobbying firm to give him “access” to “high levels”

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Thousands Rally For Snap Elections In Moldova’s Pro-Russia Parliament

December 06, 2020 12:22 GMT UPDATED December 06, 2020 18:51 GMT – By RFE/RL’s Moldovan Service CHISINAU — Some 20,000 protesters backing Moldova’s incoming pro-EU president have taken to the streets of the capital demanding the government’s resignation and early general elections. The demonstrators gathered at the square in front of the parliament building in Chisinau on December 6, shouting slogans such

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Don’t Wait

Edward Lucas The EU should act to support Moldova, despite its impotence in the Caucasus. Three big events tell sharply different stories. In the Caucasus, Russia has cemented its geopolitical grip by brokering a ceasefire to end the six-week war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. In Belarus, the death of 31-year-old Raman Bandarenka after a police beating underlined the regime’s ruthlessness

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