This is how Putin’s people tricked the parliamentary elections in Russia

At the weekend, the Russians will elect a new parliament, the Duma. The Kremlin critics are already warning against manipulation of the elections in favor of the United Russia party, which is behind President Vladimir Putin (68). Ivan Zhdanov, a confidante of the imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny (45), says that he is expecting a “colossal fraud”.

Janis Kluge (38), who knows Russia at the Science and Politics Foundation in Berlin, estimates that there will be around ten million fake votes with around 90 million eligible voters. Election fraud would not only be carried out in Moscow, but pressure would also be put on regional governors and authorities.