Russia tries to entice voters to polls to prop up Putin's legitimacy

Russia tries to entice voters to polls to prop up Putin's legitimacy
 

In the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk, political activists are raffling a car, while in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar, the prize is an iPhone X. In Berdsk, the best selfie will be plastered across a billboard. The catch? To qualify for a chance to win, Russians must turn out to vote.
There is little doubt that Vladimir Putin will win a fourth term as president in the election next Sunday, making him the first Kremlin leader since Stalin to serve two decades in power.
But in an uncontested political field, the Kremlin is worried about turnout. And with concerns that Putin’s appeal... read more

 
11 March 2018 in World News, Views: 46
Source: Guardian
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