Turnout has reportedly been low in the Russian local and regional elections, but that has not stopped President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party from sweeping the board.
The opposition has immediately cried foul, and alleges a wide range of vote-rigging practices have been carried out.
“The situation in the regional, local, and municipal elections has not substantively changed, the technical methods have been maintained in regards to falsifications, in regards to constraints on voters, and the same technical manipulation of the elections has been maintained,” said the director of Golos electoral monitors Liliya Shibanova.
Less a question of technique is the opposition’s lack of any clout in the capital; analysts say electors were unlikely to vote for someone not endorsed by Moscow for fear of their area being starved of funds and favours.
Election monitors have also failed to give the vote a clean bill of health.