Half an hour ago the Russian parlamentary elections were over, the count of the votes has begun, and the first photos have been posted on the Internet. The first reports verify the several months old prognosis: Putin and Medvedev’s “United Russia” will take about 50-60% of the votes, which will be increased by the 7-10% of their ally “Fair Russia”. The Communists will get between 10 and 20%, while it is dubious whether the other four parties will hit the 7% threshold at all. However, the real stake of the elections is not this, but what the Economist wrote some months ago: “In the absence of genuine politics the main job of the Kremlin’s spin-doctors is to imitate it in order to stop the crowd from getting so bored that they ignore elections altogether.” Even so a large number of boycott demonstrations were held over the weekend, but according to the photos of the Ridus portal the event was still fun.
A voter of Upper Biryus village enters the polling station. Although Ridus does not mention it, a piquancy of the photo is that the sample ballot put up to the left does not include the social-liberal Yabloko party’s logo and name, who, of course, have no chance with their expected 3%, but can lodge a protest for this.
A voter of Klyukino village studies the ballot paper in the company of her goats and of the members of the electoral committee carrying the moving ballot box
Members of the Black Sea fleet vote collectively, under the supervision of their superiors in the Crimean Sevastopol
An illustration of the confidentiality of the elections from Evenki Land
…And the continuation…