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Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Overlooked in Putin's Reelection: The Kremlin's Challenge Is From The Left
Stalin famously remarked that "the people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Under Putin, voters are nothing compared to those who decide who can be on the ballot. Indeed, Putin’s Central Electoral Commission rejected Putin’s main liberal rival (Navalny) on a technicality. Other potential contenders have been assassinated (Boris Nemtsov) or subjected to death threats (Mikhail Kasyanov). There should be no talk of a Russian “election” when the sitting president chooses his opponents, controls mass media, and has all the instruments of power behind his campaign.