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Vladimir Putin vs. “Citizen No”

For me the enduring image of Russia in 2020 is a photo of a makeshift street voting station where an elderly election commission official is waiting for people to show up and take part in a “popular vote” to endorse the so-called “constitutional amendments”—more than 200 of them—proposed by Vladimir Putin. The woman in the photo bides her time in the company of a cat.The picture ideally sums up the absurdity of the weeklong Mussolini-style plebiscite, which was shamelessly manipulative and massively rigged. The authorities claim that 77 percent of those who voted supported the amendments—a figure in tune with …read more

Source:: The American Interest