Russia’s Presidential Election: A Done Deal

– Russian presidential election expected to secure another six-year rule for President Vladimir Putin
– Limited anticipation due to stifled opposition and banned challengers
– Three-day voting across 11 time zones, including regions in Ukraine annexed by Russia and online
– Only Putin and politicians from token opposition parties on the ballot
– Concerns about fairness due to limited independent monitoring and lack of significant international observers
– Moscow’s ongoing war in Ukraine and Ukraine’s high-tech drone assaults a factor
– Opposition hopes to demonstrate discontent with the war and the Kremlin
– Final day of voting, Sunday, set as a time for protest by the opposition.


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