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From The Socialist newspaper, 28 March 2018
Russia's predictable presidential election
May's mate Vladimir Putin, photo kremlin.ru/CC (Click to enlarge)
Unsurprisingly, Vladimir Putin was reelected on 18 March as Russia's president.
Given the lack of any credible opposition, the result was never in doubt - only the turnout was important to the autocrat Putin, who wanted 70%. In the event, after pressuring state employees and offering the public a range of 'incentives', it was 67%.
The western media and liberal opposition cried foul but there was probably less election fraud this time compared to the last election.
The courts having conveniently barred the nationalist Alexei Navalny (who called for a boycott) and with the assassination of Boris Nemtsov outside the Kremlin three years ago, the nearest opposition candidate with 12% was the Communist-backed agrobusinessman Pavel Grudinin.
He lost four million votes compared to last time, having alienated a section of the Communist Party's older soviet nostalgic electorate while doing nothing to inspire - with his racist attitudes and support for Stalin - the younger, increasingly rebellious generation. The CP's complaints about oligarchs and foreign influences were undermined when Grudinin's 13 or so Swiss bank accounts were exposed!
Socialist Alternative (CWI, Russia) has not succumbed to despair, but is determined to continue its campaigning on issues such as 300 rubles an hour for those in work, against the harassment of women and the attacks on LGBT+ people. In this way it is building a vibrant and democratic socialist organisation capable of offering an alternative to the capitalist authoritarianism currently gripping Russia.
What has brought Russians onto the street in recent days is not the tussle between Putin and the West over the Skripal spy poisoning saga but the fatal shopping mall fire in Kemerovo, Siberia. Hundreds of protesters demanded the sacking of officials for safety negligence.
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In The Socialist 28 March 2018:
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Grenfell: survivors not rehoused, inquiry not independent, blocks not safe
Walkout from undercover policing inquiry
Social media - the potential and the limits
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Tories fear youth revolt - fight for our future
Goldsmiths students occupy and protest in support of UCU strikers
Walthamstow Save Our Square protesters thrown out of city hall for demanding a say
Northern Socialist Party conference
North West Socialist Party conference
Building fund appeal
Bristol Socialist Students join Yarlswood demo
May Day greetings: Lend your support to the fight against the bosses
International socialist news and analysis
France: Pressure mounts on Macron government
USA: Huge 'march for our lives' protests
Russia's predictable presidential election
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