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The Russian State Duma could soon be full of doubles and replicants, mascaras and guns after the next parliamentary elections to be held from Friday to next Sunday in the Federation. Not one, but three, are the candidates named Boris Vishnevsky – with hair and beard cut in the same way and the same color – in the electoral race in St. Petersburg. The only thing that distinguishes them is the patronymic: Lazarevich is that of the party candidate Yabloko, an opponent against whom the Kremlin has lined up two clones who have changed their hairstyles, name and surname only to confuse voters who will see a troika of identical faces on the ballot on the day of the vote. One of the three fake Vishnevsky, until recently, was called Viktor Bykov and his photo as a deputy on the website of the Petersburg municipality shows how different his old look was, denounced the “real” Boris.
The candidacy of Irina Fatyanova, former face of Aleksey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Fund, an organization that ended up on the same list of extremist movements together with ISIS, was banned in the streets that are reflected in the canals of the Neva. The polls will open from 17 to 19 September, but not for candidates who support the opponent in the cell, whose most loyal allies have fled abroad for fear of repercussions, persecutions and handcuffs. The best-known candidates of this round are those who will not be able to vote: in the list of the famous excluded is Lyubov Sobol, right-hand man of the blogger, who withdrew his candidacy as Ilya Yashin. Oleg Stepanov, former head of the dissident’s offices in Moscow, is on parole for violating anti-covid restrictions by participating in a march to free the opponent and his now stained criminal record has prevented him from participating. For almost the same reason Aleksandra Semenova was stopped by the court in Perm.
Stop to activists and journalists like Viktor Rau and Natalia Rezontova, who presented themselves in the elections not in the European latitude, but in the most remote of the Altai. Also affected by the ban of the Kremlin for bureaucratic minutiae or judicial harassment are members of the Communist Party and Yabloko: Pavel Grudinin, Yulia Galyamina and, in Khabarovsk, the independent Anton Furgal, son of Serghey, the governor of the region whose arrest fomented revolts in the city a year ago.
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The unknown is not what the Russians will choose, – or what is left to choose in the booth during the voting that all the latest independent Russian media have called “the least competitive” in recent history – but how many citizens will go to vote. The party of President Edinaya Rossia, United Russia, of which Putin has not been a part for some time, is less popular than its leader and, according to the latest polls, only 26% of citizens will return to vote for it. To contradict this figure is the Tass agency, which writes that the percentage points for the party, at least in Moscow, would be at least ten more than the rest of the country.
Sickle, hammer and a few more sparkles. It was the Russian Communist Party – which has become a Pandora’s box of those who disagree with the government line but have no representatives to give preference to – that unsuccessfully tried to stop the run of the “foreign agent” Maria Butina, the girl with hair Rossi became famous when she was arrested in 2009, and later deported, accused of being a spy from Moscow in America. In the land of the stars and stripes of the United States, she had become a very close pro gun activist of Republican party members. Hailed with honor once back home, she has become a super star on the Rt channel, the TV propaganda mastodon, and, in her latest professional reincarnation, she is the tawny ram’s head that the Russians will be able to vote on in the coming days to end her. between the benches. This time, those patrii.
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