The recent Russian elections produced no surprises, but did put this, the
largest nation on earth, under the international microscope for a few
In this issue we bring you a short but revealing account from our
correspondent, who travelled in Russia during the weeks before election
day, 1st March. Specifically we wished to cover the election away from the
big cities where the world media were well represented, and see how it
appeared in one of the Russian Federation’s lesser known 89 republics.
Undoubtedly after previous national elections, an opposition has grown up,
not only intellectuals and the new middle class in St Petersburg and
Moscow, but by ‘thinking citizens’ who are no longer impressed by the
'third world' tactics of ballot-box stuffing, or the obviously fraudulent
tactics of the FSB-guided ways of controlling the outcome. And one of them
in particular, the refusal to register any political party, which
represents a threat to the establishment.
We covered that in our
(click on Russia), where we showed a ‘table’of parties
refused registration and the ludicrous reasons given.
What is cunning about this crude device of non-registration is that no
recognisable alternative leader can emerge, as they did in the Yeltsin
period. Voters opposed to 'United Russia' or Putin, therefore don’t know
who they would be voting for, unless they wanted the Communist boss, or
the absurdly titled near-fascist, 'Liberal Democratic party'. (Putin is
comfortable with them, as they are with him).
PUTIN'S 'POTEMKIN DEMOCRACY'