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Russia Elections

Putin Says He Won't Be Russia's President For Life

AP | LYNN BERRY | Posted 11.23.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin has said he won't remain Russia's president for life and will step down in line with the constitution no later than 202...

Russia's 'Potemkin Village' Elections

Jill Dougherty | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Jill Dougherty

The new, preliminary report on the Sept. 14, 2014, elections in Russia, prepared by the independent Russian electoral rights group Golos, describes in bewildering detail how vote manipulation is carried out. In St. Petersburg, it says, "all known illegal techniques were used" against opposition and even rival pro-government candidates.

Observers: Russian Local Elections RIGGED

AP | MAX SEDDON | Posted 10.15.2012 | World

MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin's loyalists swept to victory in most local election races held across Russia, preliminary results showed Monday, wh...

How To Rig A Russian Election

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 10.15.2012 | World

MOSCOW -- As elections for governors, mayors and regional legislatures took place across Russia this weekend – and President Vladimir Putin's loyali...

Putin Loyalists Likely To Stay In Power

AP | MAX SEDDON | Posted 12.14.2012 | World

KHIMKI, Russia — President Vladimir Putin's loyalists appeared likely Sunday to retain their hold in thousands of local elections that offered s...

Picturing Putin's Russia

Mark D. Steinberg | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Mark D. Steinberg

Laughing mockery of power may let off steam. But it may also be a sign of something consequential: that many Russians, audacious and without fear, feel that Putinism has become an embarrassment and a hindrance.

Russian Opposition Leader Alexey Navalny: "Putin Won't Last for Another Six Years'

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 07.18.2012 | World
Elisabeth Braw

The task Alexey Navalny has set himself, exposing corruption in Russia, seems too big for one person. But Russians are sick of corruption -- and this could topple Putin, Navalny says.

200 Activists Occupy Moscow Plaza

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 07.11.2012 | World

MOSCOW — Some 200 activists are camping out in central Moscow to protest the election of Vladimir Putin and the arrest of two opposition leaders...

Dozens Detained At Anti-Putin Protests

AP | MANSUR MIROVALEV | Posted 05.17.2012 | World

MOSCOW — Russian police detained around two dozen anti-government protesters Saturday as hundreds rallied in downtown Moscow to denounce Vladimi...

Was Putin's Heroic Tiger Encounter Fake?

AP | Posted 05.16.2012 | World

Associated Press MOSCOW -- Questions are emerging over Vladimir Putin's famous encounter with a tigress three years ago. Environmentalist Dmitry...

Jubilant Putin Slams Opposition

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 05.07.2012 | World

MOSCOW -- A jubilant Vladimir Putin on Wednesday shrugged off opposition claims that his presidential election victory was unfair and marred by fraud,...

At Chechnya Polling Station, Votes For Putin Exceed The Rolls

New York Times | Andrew E. Kramer | Posted 05.06.2012 | World

GROZNY, Russia -- While there were charges of fraud in Russia's presidential election Sunday, officials throughout most of the country appeared to be ...

Putin Calls In The Riot Police

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2012 | World

By Timothy Heritage MOSCOW, March 6 (Reuters) - Russian opposition leaders accused Vladimir Putin of changing tactics to crack down on...

WATCH: Ballot Box Stuffing Purportedly Caught On Camera

Posted 03.06.2012 | World

Despite Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's claim to have won the Russian presidency in an "open and honest battle" last weekend, international watchdogs ...

Putin Needs a Little Respect

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.05.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

The western press should stop taking an 'anything but Putin' approach to reporting events in Russia. Not only is it tiresome, it is largely inaccurate.

Election Observers Report 'Serious Problems' In Russian Vote

AP | JIM HEINTZ and PETER LEONARD | Posted 05.04.2012 | World

MOSCOW -- There were "serious problems" in the vote that returned Vladimir Putin to the Russian presidency, the head of the major international electi...

Putin Wins Amid Voting Fraud Allegations

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2012 | World

By Thomas Grove MOSCOW, March 4 (Reuters) - A few days before Russia's presidential election, Sergei Smirnov received a phone call fro...

Putin Wins Election, Opponents Allege Fraud

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2012 | World

By Timothy Heritage and Guy Faulconbridge MOSCOW, March 4 (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin won a resounding victory in Russia's presidential...

Exit Polls: Putin Wins Nearly 60 Percent Of Votes

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2012 | World

MOSCOW, March 4 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won a six-year term as Russia's president in an election on Sunday, exit polls showed. ...

Putin Wins Election, Says Russian State TV

AP | LYNN BERRY and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 05.04.2012 | World

MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin scored a decisive victory in Russia's presidential election Sunday to return to the Kremlin and extend his hold on power...

Putin Up WIth 6 More Years?

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2012 | World

By Alissa de Carbonnel and Alexei Anishchuk GROZNY, Russia, March 4 (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin sought a convincing victory in Russia's...

Russia's Vote Webcams Show More Than Expected

AP | Posted 05.03.2012 | World

MOSCOW -- Web cameras set up in polling stations across Russia to monitor voting in Sunday's presidential elections revealed perhaps more than their p...

Will Putin Win The Kremlin?

AP | JIM HEINTZ | Posted 05.03.2012 | World

MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin appears all but certain to return to the Kremlin in Sunday's Russian presidential election, but he'll find himself in ch...

Putin Sure Of His Victory

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 05.02.2012 | World

MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has voiced full confidence that he will win Sunday's presidential election in Russia, bluntly dismissing ...

The Revolution That Wasn't

The European Magazine | Posted 05.01.2012 | World
The European Magazine

Of course one has to be careful about taking their statements at face value, but a bit of research backs up their pessimism: There will be no Russian Spring. But why not?