Russia election retreat

Russia holds ‘senseless’ election amid major setbacks in Ukraine


  • Elections were held in Russia over the weekend amid significant setbacks in its invasion of Ukraine.
  • Analysts called the elections pointless, however, since most of the ruling party’s opposition has been silenced.
  • Ukraine retook several territories on Saturday in a counteroffensive that forced several Russian forces to retreat.

Russians took to the voting polls over the weekend, as local, regional, and municipal elections in Moscow were held for the first time since 2017.

President Vladimir Putin has been facing mounting criticism over significant setbacks in Ukraine. But with considerably silenced opponents, one pundit thought the elections to be “totally senseless.”

Several opposition leaders have been fined, jailed, or exiled. According to Golos, an independent Russian watchdog group, “real competition [in Russia] this year is at one of the lowest rates in a decade.”

Andrei Kolesnikov, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Moscow, told The New York Times that “almost no one” from the opposition has been able to participate in this year’s elections. He remarked, “Finally for the first time, elections are totally senseless.”

Over the last two decades, Russian elections have been notorious for alleged fraud and rigging. While other parties are allowed to participate, it only seems like a show of democratic legitimacy since Putin’s party frequently wins by massive landslides.

The opposing minority managed to make significant gains in government in the 2017 election. But even as Russia suffered debilitating consequences from the war in Ukraine, Putin has made sure to prevent any opposition gains.

The recent elections being held over three days also made it more difficult for poll workers to monitor everything.

Russia suffered major setbacks in Ukraine over the past week, particularly on Saturday. Ukraine’s successful counteroffensive drove Russian troops out of several key regions near Kharkiv. The offensive had Russian fighters fleeing so quickly that many abandoned their equipment. According to Ukraine’s military officials, they have retaken territories north from Kharkiv to within 50 km (30 miles) of the Russian border and have also moved forward to the south and east in the same region.

Videos circulating on social media showed several abandoned tanks and equipment in areas that were once major bases of Russia’s regional operations.

Source: Newsweek

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  1. I see, the democrats are trying to follow what goes on in Russia. Silence the opposition, arrest or jail those out spoken so they get entire control. Own the media to report everything favorable to the dear leader…. Scum

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