Elections in the Duma the day prior saw only pro-Kremlin parties elected, with as well the United Russia Party, formerly headed by Vladimir Putin, achieving over 50% of the vote and at last reporting gaining 343 seats out of 450. 94% of the vote was delivered to pro-Kremlin parties, however, the voter turnout was reported less than 60% and may be considerably less. Voter apathy might be explained by the lack of real alternatives as the Electoral Commission and the Kremlin (read Vladimir Putin) decide which parties can run thus effectively eliminating any real opposition. The United Russia party was supposed to lose ground according to polls but achieved essentially a landslide victory.
It seems Russia’s ongoing spiral to a form of dictatorship continues unabated. The economy continues to sputter.
A gloomy article for a gloomy day.