As Russia Votes, Reports of Ballot Stuffing, a Hack

19 March, 2018, 12:48 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • The headquarters of the FSB security service the successor to the KGB in central Moscow

Regional election commissions have been instructed to craft a "holiday-like atmosphere" around Sunday's presidential election, according to various local media reports. Voters also faced billboards celebrating Russian greatness - a major theme of Putin's leadership.

"Those who said that "there would be fewer falsifications during these elections because Putin has already won over everyone" have made a mistake", he said.

"I am sure the programme I am offering is the right one", he said.

Russians will cast their ballots on Sunday to choose a new head of state in the seventh presidential election since the establishment of the country's presidential system in 1991.

A 43-year-old mechanic had to vote if he wanted to keep his job.

"We are a great big team together and I am a member of your team", he said, after a colorful show of high-energy musical performances.

"Our elections have proved once again. that it's not possible to manipulate our people", she said.

"But the answer was easy ... if I want to keep working, I vote", Yevgeny, who did not want to give out his last name said.

"Right now the turnout numbers are higher than we expected".

A 25-year-old man at polling station number 02-13 in the settlement of Gryazi, in the Lipetsk region south of Moscow, said: "At work we were forced to come and vote, with photos and all the rest of it".

Putin, who has been in power for 18 years, was widely expected to glide into another six-year tenure with most polls suggesting he could take around 70 per cent of the vote.

Voting fraud was widespread in Russia's 2011 parliamentary vote, triggering massive protests in Moscow against Putin's rule.

Election monitoring group Golos reported dozens of apparent violations Sunday, from the Russian Far East to Moscow.

The vote was a huge logistical undertaking, taking place across Russia's 11 time zones over 22 hours, in around 97,000 polling stations, according to the Central Election Commission.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he has boycotted the presidential election and advised Russians to do the same.

This is not the case in Ukraine, as it has barred Russian citizens from voting in the Russian diplomatic missions on its territory for what Kiev claims are "illegal" elections in Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, that reunited with Russia in wake of a popular referendum in March 2014.

At a polling station in Simferopol, in the Crimea region which Russian Federation annexed from Ukraine, a couple with a child photographed themselves putting a voting slip into a ballot box. Ukraine is also angry over Russian support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, where a deadly conflict continues.

Putin, who has run under the slogan "a strong president-a strong Russia", has declined to take part in televised debates and shot no new material for his own campaign advertisements. "The others, it's a circus".

Leaders around the world are watching the election closely to ensure there's no meddling in the election like they alleged during after Donald Trump won the presidency.

With more than half of ballots counted, he had received 75% of the vote, the central election commission said.


  • Vikings land Sheldon Richardson

    Vikings land Sheldon Richardson

    Years have continued to pass and Vikings quarterbacks have continued to struggle to stay healthy or keep the team competitive. The question was thrown out there after the Minnesota Vikings officially signed quarterback Kirk Cousins last Thursday .
    Duterte pulls Philippines from International Criminal Court

    Duterte pulls Philippines from International Criminal Court

    Duterte has acknowledged his rough ways and tough approach to crime, but suggested many Filipinos have come to accept him. He argued Wednesday that the killings do not amount to crimes against humanity, genocide or similar atrocities. "Shit.
    March Madness Recap: Villanova vs. Radford Betting Odds

    March Madness Recap: Villanova vs. Radford Betting Odds

    Player to watch This distinction goes to Alabama freshman Collin Sexton, who Villanova could face in the second round Saturday. The Highlanders have made two previous trips to the NCAA Tournament - the 1997-98 season and the 2008-09 season.
  • Australia warns Asean of high-tech terror threat

    Australia warns Asean of high-tech terror threat

    Mr Turnbull also announced at a CEO Forum a A$30 million (S$30.5 million) investment fund to support smart cities. Some 300 Singaporeans living in Sydney packed the Shangri-La Hotel's Grand Ballroom to meet them.
    Chelsea fans suffer reverse trolling after Barcelona defeat

    Chelsea fans suffer reverse trolling after Barcelona defeat

    Marcos Alonso hit the outside of the post with a free-kick and Antonio Rudiger the crossbar with a header here. To be fair, not many players in world football have silenced the five-time Ballon d'Or victor .
    Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9

    Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9

    You can also purchase the phone in a shop near you if that's the kind of Galaxy S9 shopping experience you were waiting for. Under the Infinity 499, you will get 80GB of data, unlimited calling, and a one year Amazon Prime membership worth Rs 999.
  • Engineer Warned of Crack in Miami Bridge Before Collapse

    Engineer Warned of Crack in Miami Bridge Before Collapse

    The US National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, and has not yet determined the cause of the collapse. Barbie Brewer, a victim advocate for the Miami-Dade Police Department, told WPLG that most families are hopeful.
    Clemency denied in Georgia's 'Stocking Strangler' case

    Clemency denied in Georgia's 'Stocking Strangler' case

    Constitution prohibit the execution of someone who is innocent if the evidence of innocence wasn't available at the time of trial. The nights of September 1977 to April 1978 were deadly in Columbus, Georgia, as nine elderly White women were robbed and raped.
    Ravens sign former Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

    Ravens sign former Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

    Newsome said the Ravens' pursuit of Crabtree would have occurred regardless of whether the Ravens had signed Grant. Between 2015-2017, the former first-round pick logged 232 receptions for 2,543 yards and 25 touchdowns.
  • Stephen Hawking, honorary degree recipient, dies at age 76

    Stephen Hawking, honorary degree recipient, dies at age 76

    Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said in a tweet that the passing of Hawking will leave "an intellectual vacuum". At the time , the monarch reportedly joked with Hawking, asking him if he's "still got that American voice".
    RJD wins Jehanabad and Araria Lok Sabha seats

    RJD wins Jehanabad and Araria Lok Sabha seats

    After the by-election for three seats in Bihar , the preparations to elect candidates for the vacant seat has been completed in Araria .
    Modi at 'Delhi End TB Summit'

    Modi at 'Delhi End TB Summit'

    The global summit has been organized by the World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He further said that front-line TB physicians and workers can make a major contribution in this direction.


Trump speaks at shamrock bowl presentation, with Irish prime minister in town
Leo Varadkar has promised to raise the issue of gay rights with Mike Pence, who has been criticised for his stance in the past. However, the Labour leader Brendan Howlin says ministers shouldn't get involved in planning matters in any way.

Durant joins absent Warriors stars with sore ribs
Curry sat for a third straight game after re-injuring his troublesome right ankle early in a March 8 win over the Spurs. Warriors forward Kevin Durant has been ruled out of Friday night's game against the Kings with right rib soreness.

Lawyer: Porn star who alleges Trump affair has faced threats
Brent Blakely, who filed the action on behalf of Essential Consultants LLC and Trump, did not reply to a request for comment. Earlier, Mr Avenatti told MSNBC and CNN that at least two of the women had signed non-disclosure agreements.

16-seed UMBC makes history in defeat of 1-seed Virginia
The Retrievers (25-10) got a three-point play and then a 3-pointer from Joe Sherbure to go up 27-21 to start the second half. Few people likely pegged the University of Maryland-Baltimore County as the ones to pull off the feat.

China's new VP Wang Qishan could be problematic for CPC
The Chinese legislature this month eliminated term limits, effectively positioning Xi, 64, to serve as president for life . Xi to the state presidency, the least powerful of his several titles, and as chairman of a state military commission.

Shakhtar striker apologises after pushing Roma ball boy
After Italy's shock failure to qualify for the World Cup, Roma's progress to the last eight along with Juventus is a boost for the country.

United Kingdom calls Russian businessman's mysterious death in London a homicide
The 68-year-old was found with "strangulation marks" on his neck by his daughter Natalia at home in London, on Monday . Shortly after Berezovsky's death, Glushkov told The Guardian that he was also a target of the Russian government.

President of the Academy accused of sexual harassment
After that, "allegations must be substantiated by clear evidence of behavior that violates the Academy's Standards of Conduct ". In the academy election Bailey defeated the actor Laura Dern to head the group.

Gay or straight: Kendall Jenner spills out the truth
Kendall is a self-described tomboy, but you can never deny the fact that she's never been with women either. I think its literally just me and Kourtney that are like, I just need tequila and I need a pizza.

Cardi B Is Pregnant, Due In July, Allegedly
Cardi recently revealed that her fall wedding to Offset may be delayed, due to their busy schedules. Now according to TMZ , the rapper has entered another new phase of her life, pregnancy.