27 Duma Elections The Way Foreign News Agencies See It

Duma Elections The Way Foreign News Agencies See It

Posted on December 4, 2011 by

Reuters and the Associated Press news photographers took a journey around regions of Russia to take photos of Russian State Duma Elections. Check it out!




‘Elections. Election Committee of the Smolensk Region’.



But it seems someone prefers to vote at home! Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus Kirill, for example. Though, according the the law, in Russia only disabled or ill persons have a right to vote at home.

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27 responses to “Duma Elections The Way Foreign News Agencies See It”

  1. EngrishBob says:

    The half naked people could do with an explanation.

  2. Zonda says:

    Tnx ER, it’s not necessarily to show us how the day of vote was. But as a representative picture, I give a “like” for the one with military waiting to vote in line in front of a simple table. (Recent theories are saying that in reality, the democracy didn’t exist) 😀

  3. ayaa says:

    Lol. There was this reporter on BBC or something, that very confidently claimed that “this time the Russian people had enough, and the United Russia party’s iron grip on the Duma would be loosened.” 😀

  4. (r)evolutionist says:

    No Bakuninist/Makhnovist party, no reason to vote…

  5. Sean says:

    BBC only goes to some abandoned places and small villages where the 10% of population lives and say – that’s entire Russia! I remember they visited Moscow. They wanted to film a documentary. They didn’t want to film at some average location, they were looking for slams. “Give us some slams and poor people, that’s what BBC wants to show about Russia!” – they kept saying. Hehe.

  6. Michael Colbert says:

    It has been publically acknowledged that the British won the propaganda war in 1939-45, ie they lie! With the BBC not a lot has changed and we have copies of articles and refuting evidence to prove it. The ‘cold war’ still is waged against Russia. I state this and I am a westerner and ashamed of it.

  7. Sergei says:

    We had hope. But “russian democracy died after a long illness without regaining consciousness…”

  8. Hirsh says:

    Welcome to the new boss, same as the old boss. Elections are held but nothing really changes.

  9. Hirsh says:

    Lol,Putin is blaming the continuing election rigging protests in Moscow on the U.S. and Hillary Clinton. Yeap!It has nothing to do with corrupt Russians officials stealing elections…

    Even former Soviet leader and Mikhail Gorbachev calling for the election results to be annulled and a new vote held. But then he’s been critical of Putin’s regime for quite some time now.

      • Hirsh says:

        So? I Guess Putin is Right? It’s a non-profit election watchdog agency that’s partly and transparently funded by the U.S. calling bullsh*t on the vote rigging, so it’s America’s fault that people are protesting the rigged vote? lol

        Sorry it’s not America that rigged the vote… That’s why people are protesting. Even Gorby is upset. 😉

        KGB/FSB alum Putin is setting himself up to be the longest running Russian leader since Stalin. How much is his personal wealth estimated to be these days? I hear it’s billions. How has he gotten to be one of the worlds richest men? Something stinks.

        • ayaa says:

          Rigged vote, indeed. Just normal, sore losers.

          Oh yes. The people are protesting, all right. Just how many protested against Putin? A few thousand? Maybe more?

          Now, just how many took part in the pro-Putin rallies? I think the Nashi-organized one got something around 15,000 people.

          We hear all sorts of things about Putin, hardly any of them have ever been true.

          • Hirsh says:

            You’re right, not many protesters. What’s telling is the many thousands of police and other forces they felt the need to put on the street to deter it growing. Typical heavy handed Russian government response to political dissent.

            • ayaa says:

              Really? Having police out on the streets is heavy handed?

              The reason why I like the new protests is because they are peaceful, as in they don’t provoke the police.

  10. ayaa says:

    Lol. Hmm. I’ve just been to Voronezh and seen the rally there (about 500 people). It was peaceful, only trouble was some drunkard who decided he was the speaker. So maybe there is hope for a new system. As opposed to a 91 style uprising.

    So what remains to be seen, is whether the Communists can pull themselves together and give Putin a good fight in the presidential elections, as opposed to ranting on about vote-rigging when they lost.

  11. Papa Karlo says:

    One of my relatives (a Russian citizen) was in a hospital in Russia. During elections, the patients were told to make sure they vote, and make sure to vote for Putin’s party (Yedinaya Rossiya). Any patient who would not vote as directed, was told, would stop receiving any treatment.
    The ballot boxes were brought into the wards, and everybody voted. Of course, there was no direct way to control who they cast ballots for, but most people being uneducated voted as they were told, being afraid of repercussions. (The doctors could stop treating you and just let you die if they wanted, anyway, so most people just don’t want to risk).

  12. Papa Karlo says:

    Teachers in schools are usually forced to vote as well. In Russian schools, principals have literally feudal power over the teachers. They routinely force teachers to do all kinds of tasks not related to their job description, for example when they do repairs in school buildings, it is not unusual to force teachers to clean up rooms, wash floors and windows, etc. This is even sometimes done after hours. (There are no laws about overtime in Russia, so employers do not have to pay workers for after hour work.) The principals use teachers as free slave labor, and pocket the money allocated for repairs.

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