Vladimir Putin wins another term, but the results are sketchy

This time there's proof that the Russian election may not have been on the level

Published March 18, 2018 3:14PM (EDT)

 (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
(Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin was elected to a fourth term Sunday, taking more than 70 percent of votes cast. But his win was predicted by experts not because he was really well liked, but because the vote was extremely suspect to begin with.

Social media was inundated with reports of ballot stuffing, some of which were captured on camera.

In addition to ballot box stuffing, there were a number of irregularities, according to the BBC:

  • Voting papers found in some ballot boxes before polls opened
    Observers were barred from entering some polling stations
  • Some people were bussed in amid suspicion of forced voting
  • Webcams at polling stations were obstructed by balloons and other obstacles

In addition to allegations of ballot stuffing, Putin also faces allegations that he drummed out any legitimate opposition. One of his fiercest critics, Alexi Navalny, was not allowed to run because of a fraud conviction, which the Associated Press noted was viewed as politically motivated.

Putin's election was met with a warning from former chess grand master Garry Kasparov, a noted Putin critic and civil rights champion that democracy Putin's election shouldn't be seen as a win in any way, shape or form.

Eventually, the leader of United States is going to have to speak out. And he can either congratulate Putin on a tainted victory, or he can tell the world what can be seen — that a cloud hangs over Russia. Unfortunately, based on reactions from President Donald Trump's deepest supporters, it doesn't look like the latter would be happening.

By Jeremy Binckes

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