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Publicly Available Russian Election Results Hint At Fraud 304

Posted by timothy
from the or-could-just-be-a-coincidence dept.
gotfork writes "As some Russians protest the results of the recent election, several commentators (Russian), have started looking at the results which are posted to the election commission web site and there's very strong evidence of fraud. Voter turnout correlates strongly with percent voting for the ruling party, United Russia, and there are a lot of polling stations with nearly 100% turnout and 100% voting for United Russia in some unusual places. The raw data is posted so you can do your own analysis."
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Publicly Available Russian Election Results Hint At Fraud

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  • by AdamJS (2466928) on Tuesday December 13, 2011 @11:32AM (#38355560)

    Yes, yes. But 100% turnout from places that range from Apathetic to outright hatred of his Regime, and a majority vote for him? That's an entirely different level of bullshit than what Scott Walker could accomplish.

  • by vlm (69642) on Tuesday December 13, 2011 @11:35AM (#38355614)

    Someone tell me/us about Russian politics. Does it matter?
    For example, here in the US, there is one party, with one set of goals (globalism, imperial global warfare everywhere, war on drugs, tax relief for the 1% and F the 99%, deindustrialize the country, expand the parasitical financial sector at all costs, etc). We have two independent marketing departments that put on a huge show to pacify the population into thinking it matters which marketing department did a better job, D or R. But, it doesn't really matter which side's marketing message was better, we'll have the same result in the end. We've had stolen elections here, but rioting about it would be as stupid as rioting about a sports game, or fighting over a card or board game, in other words some folks take advantage of the chaos to steal goods from stores, about a hundred people will show up on the news because they like being on the TV news, but most people wisely just don't care. Once you're beaten down, you're beaten down for good, here.

    Is it the same way in Russia, basically one party rule and it doesn't matter who wins, or does it really matter in terms of policies and leadership? I'm just trying to figure out if I should care, if this could in any way really affect anyone, or if this is like US politics where its about as important as a bad umpire call in a ice hockey game.

  • by korgitser (1809018) on Tuesday December 13, 2011 @11:36AM (#38355624)

    Russians are on the street protesting.
    Americans are on the street protesting.
    Europeans are on the street protesting.
    The middle east is on the street protesting.
    Africa is on the street protesting.
    Dose anyone know a place where people are actually happy with their government?

  • by betterunixthanunix (980855) on Tuesday December 13, 2011 @11:47AM (#38355756)
    Can you name a period of time where people have been happy with their government? In a democracy, politics is about compromise, which means that nobody really gets what they want, and in non-democratic systems of government there is a large group of people who never get what they want. It is fairly rare for people to be satisfied with their government.
  • by jacks0n (112153) on Tuesday December 13, 2011 @11:53AM (#38355844)

    1. false equivalency. The fraud involved there is quantitatively and qualitatively worse.
    2. irrelevant. Illegal and immoral behavior in one country does not make it OK in another.

  • Re:Forced Voting? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by thue (121682) on Tuesday December 13, 2011 @12:16PM (#38356124) Homepage

    How can anybody (fx Slashdot) would describe 99.51% voting for United Russia in Chechnya as "hint at fraud" instead of the more correct "unambiguous evidence of fraud"? Is Slashdot owned by the Russian dictatorship?

  • Re:Forced Voting? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by rednip (186217) <rednip AT gmail DOT com> on Tuesday December 13, 2011 @12:24PM (#38356278) Journal
    Political corruption is as old as politics itself, acting like it's a Chicago invention is just another 'conservative' trying to make a back handed comment about President Obama's legitimacy,
  • by Quila (201335) on Tuesday December 13, 2011 @02:50PM (#38358362)

    The bigger the government, the more this will happen.

    Imagine a government that didn't have the power to create entire new industries, the power to pick winners and losers in the commercial sector, through regulation or legislation. The corporations that make money through this now wouldn't have anybody to lobby, they wouldn't have any influence.

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