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    Post  sepheronx on Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:25 pm

    Nah, I doubt it is true. Seeing as how Putin himself had supported Medvedev. They apparently had disagreements but Medvedev isn't some sort of 5th coloumnist. He is quite pro Russian is very supportive of Crimea and about liberalisation of Russia's private enterprises.

    He just has a very bad reputation due to the Libya crisis. He was more or less convinced to support the NATO engagement, cause I doubt he knew what exactly was going to happen, as he was more than likely lied to. But afterwards, I noticed he hasn't been pushing here and there for all good relations and everything with the west.

    This just sounds like typical media smut.
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    Post  George1 on Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:04 am

    Russia’s non-systemic opposition to field single list of candidates in 2016 polls

    MOSCOW, April 1. /TASS/. Russia’s opposition has agreed to field candidates on a single list in 2016 elections to the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, former MP Gennady Gudkov said on Wednesday.

    The meeting of the opposition leaders that approved the decision on coordinating actions ended at night.

    "The discussion focused on fielding a single list in the elections to the State Duma in 2016. There is a preliminary agreement," Gudkov said without detailing the particular party. "This is still premature," the politician explained.

    The ex-lawmaker said the meeting was attended by Alexey Navalny of the unregistered Party of Progress, Mikhail Kasyanov of the RPR-Parnas party, lawmaker Dmitry Gudkov, former economy minister in Yegor Gaidar's government Andrey Nechayev, former co-chairman of RPR-Parnas Vladimir Ryzhkov and the leader of the Democratic Choice, Vladimir Milov.

    "We have agreed to coordinate our actions and this meeting will be held on a regular basis and I hope that at least once in a month and also [more often] if needed," Gudkov said.

    "This is not a closed club, and we hope that other opposition forces will join us, including the Yabloko party, and they are still thinking about this," the politician said.
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    Post  kvs on Sat Apr 25, 2015 5:09 am

    They screech about living in a tyranny but can participate in elections. You will note that in Canada the opposition in
    parliament is called "Her Majesty's loyal opposition". Non-systemic opposition has exactly zero chance in Canada to get
    elected into power of any sort, not even local ridings. Yet Canada is part of the chorus that smears Russia.

    No Canadian or American would vote for candidates that did nothing but bash the country and most importantly accused
    the voters of being cattle and not deserving to vote. But somehow in Russia these idiots are supposed to actually have
    a chance at winning. This proves that NATO's collective brain is diseased with hate against the Russian people.

    Anyone who thinks I am exaggerating should do some research. Yulia Latynina actually writes articles in the Russian
    liberast press that extoll Pinochet's dictatorship and call for the removal of the right to vote from the majority. The
    western media loves to spread tinfoil hat conspiracy theories that Putin is "murdering opponents" by invoking the "proof"
    of Litvinenko's and Politkovskaya's deaths. So how come Latynina is still breathing. Perhaps the average ignorant
    media consumer has no clue, but this NATO propaganda is transparent nonsense. If the "regime" was killing off opponents,
    then there would be thousands of them dead and not some dubious handful. Bot Litvinenko and Politkovskaya were not
    touched when their activity was doing the most damage to Russia. They only died under suspicious circumstances when
    their 15 minutes of fame were over.

    BTW, the Kiev regime and/or its irregular elements are killing off opponents by the dozen. I don't see NATO complaining.
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    Post  max steel on Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:27 pm

    Russia's chief investigator stands for canceling supremacy of international law

    . The chief of Russia’s Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, has suggested amending Article 15 of the Russian Constitution to remove from it the supremacy of international law over national legislation . "Back in 1993, when the current Constitution was to be adopted, supremacy of international law was presented to us by advisers from the United States as the fundamental value of a state ruled by law. It may look ridiculous, but in a report on the draft Constitution that was published in Rossiiskaya Gazeta in 1993 it was stated with pride that its provisions had undergone foreign scrutiny," Bastrykin recalled.

    About the ratio of international and national law he said that "the criteria must be determined exclusively by the country’s status in the international scene, and also by its strategic and geopolitical interests."


    This is overdue. The West exempts itself from rules it seeks to impose on others. Russia should consider all international treaties void unless or until the West is prepared to abide by them. Their actions over Libya , Syria and Ukraine are not consistent with claiming moral ascendency.

    Russia cant play by rigged rules of a game that the US Hegemony and its allies don't play by .



    http://tass.ru/en/russia/792004
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    Post  GarryB on Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:15 am

    My vote Max...  :0

    This should be a significant step for Russia if taken.

    I am sure the west will squeal if Russia does this, because then other countries might start ignoring international law the way the US and the west does and then there will be chaos... they will say... as if their own flouting of international law doesn't already undermine it as a structure for world affairs...

    Perhaps as a positive a threat to selectively abide by international law the way the west does might make them rethink their actions and revise international law and then actually abide by it... sometimes international laws are very useful, but to get a real benefit from them everyone has to recognise them and follow them. Especially the west as it usually has the biggest hand in creating international laws.

    remember the universal declaration of human rights... something the US violates every day despite being a party to the creation of the rules...
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    Post  Werewolf on Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:10 pm

    max steel wrote:   Russia's chief investigator stands for canceling supremacy of international law      

    . The chief of Russia’s Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, has suggested amending Article 15 of the Russian Constitution to remove from it the supremacy of international law over national legislation . "Back in 1993, when the current Constitution was to be adopted, supremacy of international law was presented to us by advisers from the United States as the fundamental value of a state ruled by law. It may look ridiculous, but in a report on the draft Constitution that was published in Rossiiskaya Gazeta in 1993 it was stated with pride that its provisions had undergone foreign scrutiny," Bastrykin recalled.

    About the ratio of international and national law he said that "the criteria must be determined exclusively by the country’s status in the international scene, and also by its strategic and geopolitical interests."


    This is overdue. The West exempts itself from rules it seeks to impose on others. Russia should consider all international treaties void unless or until the West is prepared to abide by them. Their actions over Libya , Syria and Ukraine are not consistent with claiming moral ascendency.

    Russia cant play by rigged rules of a game that the US Hegemony and its allies don't play by .



    http://tass.ru/en/russia/792004

    Just like i said the russian constitution under Yeltzin had alot of writing and defenition made by US and CIA and there are two that did not want to believe it but it still remains a fact.
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    Post  KoTeMoRe on Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:01 pm

    Werewolf wrote:
    max steel wrote:   Russia's chief investigator stands for canceling supremacy of international law      

    . The chief of Russia’s Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, has suggested amending Article 15 of the Russian Constitution to remove from it the supremacy of international law over national legislation . "Back in 1993, when the current Constitution was to be adopted, supremacy of international law was presented to us by advisers from the United States as the fundamental value of a state ruled by law. It may look ridiculous, but in a report on the draft Constitution that was published in Rossiiskaya Gazeta in 1993 it was stated with pride that its provisions had undergone foreign scrutiny," Bastrykin recalled.

    About the ratio of international and national law he said that "the criteria must be determined exclusively by the country’s status in the international scene, and also by its strategic and geopolitical interests."


    This is overdue. The West exempts itself from rules it seeks to impose on others. Russia should consider all international treaties void unless or until the West is prepared to abide by them. Their actions over Libya , Syria and Ukraine are not consistent with claiming moral ascendency.

    Russia cant play by rigged rules of a game that the US Hegemony and its allies don't play by .





    Just like i said the russian constitution under Yeltzin had alot of writing and defenition made by US and CIA and there are two that did not want to believe it but it still remains a fact.

    Jesus, there was nothing CIA-like, the Russian Cst of 1993 was based on OECD outlines, Helsinki charter and ultra liberal precepts (AKA Ali Baba). There was almost nothing that related the Russian Cst with the US Constitution, which is a antiquated piece of ... well you know.

    International laws are actually part of treaties Russia has signed, mostly on bilateral basis and then adopted within Russian set of laws. This is blustering by the gentleman, since we all know, abiding or not by the IL isn't something the US can impose on a fellow UNSC member.
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    Post  TR1 on Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:34 pm

    lol @ Werewofl blabbing about his CIA and Yeltsin fantasies.

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    Post  Werewolf on Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:54 pm

    Ohh yes, one non russian troll that pretends to be a russian and another guy that knows little about russian politics and history.

    Here you go, the entire Gorbatshow and Yeltzin traitor era with the meddling of US agents in Soviet Union and Russia and their hands in making laws and influencing russian constitution.

    http://www.nnre.ru/istorija/_izmena_v_kremle_protokoly_tainyh_soglashenii_gorbacheva_c_amerikancami/p1.php

    Just conspiracy theories, because a troll says so, while it is black on white confirmed by officials and by history.
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    Post  TR1 on Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:00 pm


    I skimmed the "document".
    Where is the smoking gun that Yeltsin put CIA recommendations into the constitutions, or to back up your previous claims, allowed them access to secrets?

    Go ahead, deliver in your claims.
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    Post  GarryB on Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:34 am

    This is blustering by the gentleman, since we all know, abiding or not by the IL isn't something the US can impose on a fellow UNSC member.

    The US regularly ignores international law when it suits them... and with their veto in the UNSC there is no practical way for Russia or anyone else to do anything about it.

    This is just a change to Russian law to allow them to ignore international law too and with their veto there wont be much the US and the west can do about that either...

    At best the west might decide to rethink the veto and UNSC system so that international law can be properly enforced for everyone and not just a chosen few and will be willing to renegotiate the current mechanisms which clearly don't actually work.

    At best there might be a change so everyone is subject to international law with no exceptions, and at worst the Russians will be freed up to do as they wish the way the US does... of course only if it suits their interests... they may choose to simply abide by international law anyway, but now they wont actually have to if it does not suit them.

    Go ahead, deliver in your claims.

    He is entitled to his opinion.

    Obviously without hard evidence it would be easy to dismiss claims as just opinion, but I personally think if "civilian contractors" and "weapon inspectors" in all sorts of international bodies are infiltrated by the CIA to subvert their work to Americas interests that when US firms are given advisory roles to the Russian government you could bet your ass quite a few will be on the CIA payroll if not actually agents.

    If the roles were reversed I would expect the same from the Russian secret services...
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    Post  KoTeMoRe on Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:59 am

    GarryB wrote:
    This is blustering by the gentleman, since we all know, abiding or not by the IL isn't something the US can impose on a fellow UNSC member.

    The US regularly ignores international law when it suits them... and with their veto in the UNSC there is no practical way for Russia or anyone else to do anything about it.

    This is just a change to Russian law to allow them to ignore international law too and with their veto there wont be much the US and the west can do about that either...

    Well as I said, it still is blustering, since the IL isn't some monolith, what part of it do you, or don't you follow? Russia has everything to lose here...Furthermore, the sanctions are an illegal on many accounts, but they're also unilateral, there isn't ANYTHING related to the IL regarding these current sanction regime vis à vis Russia.
    This is totally Irrational and a very serious lack of understanding of the different legalities that insterted the primacy of IL within Russian Constitution.

    To put it mildly, it is not because the US can't be condemned for its "adventures" that those "adventures" are legal or that Russia should scrap the playbook all together. It's counterproductive. Plus see how it goes in Ukraine, there's nothing against Russia on the UN, because of the veto issue.

    So you have yet another 'coalition of the willing'.


    At best the west might decide to rethink the veto and UNSC system so that international law can be properly enforced for everyone and not just a chosen few and will be willing to renegotiate the current mechanisms which clearly don't actually work.

    IL is a daydream, having worked in an institution claiming to abide by it, it simply is bullshit. Things never change, you will always have peace and solution through superior fire and will power. Period. The moment the IL becomes a reality, the whole system of privileges goes down and so does the guys that built it.


    At best there might be a change so everyone is subject to international law with no exceptions, and at worst the Russians will be freed up to do as they wish the way the US does... of course only if it suits their interests... they may choose to simply abide by international law anyway, but now they wont actually have to if it does not suit them.

    Go ahead, deliver in your claims.

    He is entitled to his opinion.

    Obviously without hard evidence it would be easy to dismiss claims as just opinion, but I personally think if "civilian contractors" and "weapon inspectors" in all sorts of international bodies are infiltrated by the CIA to subvert their work to Americas interests that when US firms are given advisory roles to the Russian government you could bet your ass quite a few will be on the CIA payroll if not actually agents.

    If the roles were reversed I would expect the same from the Russian secret services...

    But again changing that small comma changes everything regarding the way Russia does business legally. And it also changes nothing. This is just an ill thought bravado that will cause a backlash on international level, not because Russia is Evil, but because Russia will have to deal every aspect of it international obligations with every nation.

    For instance, what's the Russian take on the ICC? What would that change from the current status? What about adoptions? What about different consummer protections provisions within treaties like ICAO etc...

    This is madness on the purest form. Russia can't still disengage on a case by case basis from the references that bother its policy, but rejecting the IL as a whole? What?
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    Post  sepheronx on Wed May 13, 2015 3:48 pm

    http://rt.com/politics/258113-russian-elections-churov-helsinki/

    So 5th coloumnists who are funded by an NGO, Golos, who refuses to sign up to counter foreign agent law or even to follow Russian laws, is demanding this guys resignation.

    I say, if they are refusing to register, kick them out of the country as they are illegal. I have no, NO idea why Russian gov is so reluctant in punishing these NGO's, especially foreign funded ones, for committing illegal activity. Are they incompetent, lazy? Or they just want to keep an open eye on them while helping them destroy their own image?

    According to this: http://tass.ru/en/russia/794403 They know how much money from US goes to NGO's and who gets what. So they are not oblivious of the activity.
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    Post  Werewolf on Wed May 13, 2015 4:05 pm

    sepheronx wrote:http://rt.com/politics/258113-russian-elections-churov-helsinki/

    So 5th coloumnists who are funded by an NGO, Golos, who refuses to sign up to counter foreign agent law or even to follow Russian laws, is demanding this guys resignation.

    I say, if they are refusing to register, kick them out of the country as they are illegal. I have no, NO idea why Russian gov is so reluctant in punishing these NGO's, especially foreign funded ones, for committing illegal activity. Are they incompetent, lazy? Or they just want to keep an open eye on them while helping them destroy their own image?

    According to this: http://tass.ru/en/russia/794403 They know how much money from US goes to NGO's and who gets what. So they are not oblivious of the activity.

    Jail time 20 years for treason and foreign agent work aka regime change.
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    Post  sepheronx on Wed May 13, 2015 4:16 pm

    OK, thats fine but they are not even going after them, even the ones not willing to register! So there seems to be a real lack of any enforcement on the authorities side of things. Can anyone commit a crime and get away with it in Russia? The NGO laws should stipulate all organizations need to provide transparency in their fundings and activities through documentations. As well, any NGO caught providing financial support to a political party gets stripped of its NGO status. None registerers should be fined and either jailed or deported (depending if they are a foreigner or local citizen), with a ban (can be lifted by courts if challanged) on the organization.
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    Post  Neutrality on Wed May 13, 2015 6:29 pm

    sepheronx wrote:OK, thats fine but they are not even going after them, even the ones not willing to register! So there seems to be a real lack of any enforcement on the authorities side of things. Can anyone commit a crime and get away with it in Russia? The NGO laws should stipulate all organizations need to provide transparency in their fundings and activities through documentations. As well, any NGO caught providing financial support to a political party gets stripped of its NGO status. None registerers should be fined and either jailed or deported (depending if they are a foreigner or local citizen), with a ban (can be lifted by courts if challanged) on the organization.

    I think the FSB is already sitting on a goldmine of evidence against these idiots. When shit hits the fan and these radicals start disrupting elections, they'll arrest every leader, publish the collected evidence and put them away for several decades. Then this whole cycle of "unhappy" citizens can restart again with the FSB doing its job.

    Remember when the video of Udaltsov got published? The entire opposition movement calmed down. Authorities are fully aware where the money is flowing from, who gets it and what happens with it.
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    Post  sepheronx on Wed May 13, 2015 7:31 pm

    It gets better: http://sputniknews.com/us/20150513/1022104642.html

    Apparently, the head of NED of Russias end, who is funding these NGO's is the daughter of a Ukrainian Nazi. And very critical of Russian gov.

    Russia should constitute this organization as pro nazi supporter and all obtaining funds from it and its affiliates, be put on trial.
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    Post  sepheronx on Fri May 15, 2015 1:53 am

    Justice Ministry seeks probe into Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia movement - report

    and

    US money destroys civil consciousness, claims United Russia MP

    Since this is now popping up, I forsee in the coming years major change in laws regarding NGO's and how/where they get their funding from. This is good.
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    Post  George1 on Sat Jun 06, 2015 1:09 am

    Introduced a bill to ban the governors elected by more than 2 terms
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    Post  George1 on Fri Jun 12, 2015 1:53 am

    Russia's Communist Party to appeal decision to bring forward next parliament election

    MOSCOW, June 11. /TASS/. Parliamentary caucus of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) will vote against the bill on bringing forward the next parliamentary election to the third Sunday of September 2016 from December 2016 and will appeal the decision of the other three party caucuses in the State Duma the United Russia party, the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), and A Just Russia party to endorse the bill in the Constitution Court, Communist deputy Vadim Solovyov told TASS.

    "We're aware of the situation and that's why we'll vote against the rescheduling of the election and we're preparing an appeal with the Constitution Court, which will be filed as soon as the bill takes legal effect," he said.

    The bill was submitted to the Duma earlier on Thursday by three of the four parties having caucuses there - United Russia, the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, and A Just Russia.
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    Post  George1 on Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:50 pm

    United Russia leads the country’s political party rankings

    The second and third places go to Russia’s Communist Party and the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) respectively

    MOSCOW, July 13. /TASS/. United Russia continues to lead in the quarterly rankings of party activity compiled by the Institute for Socio-Economic and Political Studies (ISEPS Foundation), a non-profit foundation established in Moscow in 2012. The study records the positions of the parties at the start of the big September election cycle.

    "The parties have paid more attention to the mid-term local elections, nominating their candidates twice as often than at the beginning of the year. While only 14 parties took part in the first quarter of the elections, the number of parties rose to 16 by the second quarter," the release says.

    All parties were evaluated in terms of electoral activity and information efficiency.

    First place went to the United Russia. "The party is using its own brand in the vast majority of campaigns, and the ratio of elected United Russia candidates exceeds 75%," the ISEPS notes.

    The second and third places go to Russia’s Communist Party and the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) respectively. However, the Communists have increased the gap a little bit. "The Communist Party turned out to be more successful in the mid-term local elections, winning twice as many seats, but the LDPR is ahead of the Communists in terms of activity in the nomination of candidates," the study says.

    The Rodina (Motherland) party has taken the lead among the non-parliamentary parties. The party has outdistanced its rivals from "small parties" not only in terms of activity and performance during the elections, but also in its consistency to implement program goals.
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    Post  George1 on Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:15 am

    Putin signs law on moving Russia's 2016 parliamentary elections from December to September
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    Post  George1 on Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:07 pm

    PM Medvedev to lead United Russia list in 2016 parliamentary polls - report
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    Post  George1 on Sat Sep 12, 2015 3:59 pm

    Regional elections in Russia a test in run-up to parliamentary elections

    MOSCOW, September 11. /TASS/. Analysts do not expect any major uproar at the regional and local elections that will be held on Sunday, September 13, in a number of Russian regions, although they do not rule out certain surprises.

    No one is calling into question the relatively high popularity rankings of the ruling United Russia Party and the regional governors who are going to be re-elected. But the elections are interesting, first and foremost, owing to the number of participating parties that has grown noticeably after liberalization of the election laws.

    On the whole, the expert community regards the Sunday polls as a tryout ahead of the federal parliamentary election in the autumn of 2016.

    On September 13, which is the so-called Unified Day of Voting in Russia, regional governors will be elected in 21 regions and deputies of legislative assemblies, in eleven regions. Also, municipal elections will be held in many constituent territories of the country.

    All in all, there will be 10,700 elections of various levels in 83 constituent territories of the country. As many as 55 political parties of the 74 officially registered ones.

    "The main peculiarity of these elections is found in the fact they are the last presentation of all the political forces ahead of the 2016 federal elections," Dr. Leonid Polyakov, the chief of the of the chair for general political science at the Supreme School of Economics in Moscow said. "All the participants in this election campaign interpret it much along these lines," he said.

    The latter factor offers an explanation for why it has been held at a high competitive level, Dr. Polyakov said. "Plus the availability of an ever-increasing number of political parties. As a result of a political reform that was initiated in 2011 and 2012, the number of parties is by an order of magnitude bigger than it was five years ago and this intensifies the current election campaigns."

    Still, although the number of new participants in the election race has hiked sharply and new personages and organizations are flooding the political scene, the old grand quartet of parties that have caucuses in the State Duma — the ruling United Russia and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF), the Liberal-Democratic Party (LDPRF) and A Just Russia party that position themselves as opposition political forces — has managed to stand firm in practically all the regions, Dr. Polyakov indicated.

    "Their current position isn’t as much unproblematic as it used to be in some places, though, and they’ve come to grips with an apparently more powerful competition," he said.

    "The regional political systems will not get a new impulse of legitimacy as a result and the masses of voters will perceive these changes as only logical ones," Dr. Polyakov said.

    Although the Presidential Administration demands observance of three crucial criteria at all the elections — competitiveness, openness, and legitimacy — these principles are sometimes disregarded in the regions, said Igor Bunin, the head of the Center for Political Technologies.

    "Our Russian bureaucrat has long lost the habit of competition and is striving to get a 100% confidence of his or her victory in an election," Izvestia daily quoted him. "The bureaucrat doesn’t want any emotional disturbances. And that’s why in spite of all the moves taken by the federal authorities to bring in the elements of competition and legitimacy a number of regional red-tapers got into mishaps that had to be rectified."

    For instance, pressures officials in Omsk in western Siberia was needed to make them include a representative of the Communist Party in the competition.

    The electoral ticket of the PARNAS rightwing liberal party was registered in Kostroma on the Volga River after protracted tribulations.

    PARNAS failed to get registration in Nobosibirsk but it was allowed to nominate its members in majority precincts.

    "Big-stick methods are very handy today in making regional governors or local electoral commissions, which they control, rectify their own errors," Bunin said.

    "On the whole, the main intrigue of this election is bigger than the nationwide electoral successes of the United Russia that has fair enough rankings, but how the election will be perceived by the political class at the federal and regional level and by the ordinary voters in the final run," Dr. Mikhail Remizov, the President of the Institute of National Strategies told TASS.

    "Will the regional people of clout overuse the administrative levers and how will the federal center and the courts react to it?" he said somewhat rhetorically.

    Unexpected surprises may occur at any election but big surprises are scarcely in the cards this time, Dr. Remizov believes. "The authorities have a big resource in the form of the President’s high popularity rating, which serves as a drive engine of people’s trust in the government on the whole," he said.

    Dr. Lydia Timofeyeva, a senior staff member at the Moscow-based Presidential Academy of Government Service told TASS she did not expect any stunning surprises either.

    "The economic situation is tense but not tragic," she said. "The liberal opposition is gradually, albeit slowly, expanding its electorate."

    "And if the economic situation continues worsening, we will likely see some interesting moments during the 2016 parliamentary election," Dr. Timofeyeva said. "But their likelihood right now is practically zero."
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    Post  sepheronx on Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:23 pm

    ^ Regarding this:

    Head of election commission: outer forces interested in failing elections in Kostroma

    MOSCOW, September 12. /TASS/. Head of Russia’s Central Elections Commission Vladimir Churov says "outer forces" are interested in failing democratic elections in Russia’s Kostroma region.
    On Friday, a coordinator of the Open Russia oppositionist movement was detained in the city of Kostroma on the Volga River with 2 million roubles in cash, which he was supposed to spend for paying up unlawful actions on September 13, when numerous regional and local elections are to be held in 83 regions of Russia, including Kostroma.
    "Operatives of the Kostroma regional Interior department tapped a channel by which large amounts of cash money were supplied to the region," the department said in a press release. "The money was to be paid out to the activists of radical youth groups who were planning unlawful actions during the elections of the governor and deputies of the regional Duma."
    A Volkswagen Passat car was stopped on Friday night at the entrance to the city. Policemen confiscated about 2 million roubles from its driver, a 49-year-old coordinator of the Open Russia movement. The bank notes were sent for an expert study to verify their genuineness.
    "I have just received information from the interior authorities that outer forces are trying not to allow us have free, democratic elections," he said on Sunday during a meeting with heads of African diplomatic missions. "In Kostroma yesterday was detained a vehicle with a big sum of money from an organisation financed from abroad."
    He said "foreign interference with sovereign elections is banned in Russia."
    Open Russia is a movement organised at the initiative of YUKOS former CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
    On Sunday, on the day of elections throughout Russia, people living in the Kostroma region will be electing the governor, local legislators, heads of the districts.

    Why I am not surprised.

    Is Open Russia part of the banned NGO groups? Or is it banned at all? If not, it should be.

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