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The big breakdown of elections in Russia: what went wrong

The big breakdown of elections in Russia: what went wrong

19.03.2018
Tags: Russia, Putin, Politics, Elections, President

As it turned out today in the morning, Vladimir Putin set a personal record - for him voted 54,5 million citizens. Putin's voters were also in the absolute majority, overtaking voters of other candidates and those who did not come to vote at all, combined.

... Despite the predictability of the outcome as a whole, the country in fact woke up in a new reality.

As it is easy to remember, the main opponents' opponents were not betting on alternative candidates, but on the fact that Putin would be unconvincing. That is the majority, but extremely relative. So, in the era of 2018-2024 the country will drive with a feeling of some uncertainty. The "non-systemic" opposition, according to its own version, "not admitted to the Kremlin elections," will regularly remind us of the weak legitimacy of the head of state. And about your hypothetical power.


Meeting in Sevastopol in honor of the anniversary of the reunification of Crimea with Russia

Calculation of the Great Opposition Boycott was, of course, a big mistake. But, in principle, there were grounds for him: after all the result was really obvious to all in advance. And that's why there was no reason to go anywhere, and there were enough people to lie down at home on the couch. As the press secretary of the Putin election headquarters Andrei Kondrashov admitted after the election, "we expected that the turnout would be just over 50%."

On this occasion, the anti-Putin "elite fronts" naively planned elementary forgery. That is, take electoral laziness and give her away for the results of her boycott. And all the people who did not come to the election to write down automatically to the invisible, but countless numbers of their support base.

For the same reason, the opposing candidates were almost hostile to the pro-opposition elite, rather than the tyrant himself. For "they are all Kremlin projects, whose task is to drag the electorate to the ballot box and provide Putin with some kind of appearance."

However, shortly before the election, two events took place, which decisively reformatted the society's perception of the planned will.


Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with the annual message to the Federal Assembly at the Central Exhibition Hall "Manege"

Firstly, the president delivered a Federal message in March. And at the end of his speech, the upcoming vote of 18 March somehow turned into a referendum on supporting the country's strategic course. That is, it was not about prolonging Putin's stay in the Kremlin, but about approving the image of Russia presented by the president - partly already embodied, partly incarnate. With all the megaprojects declared: from infrastructural and scientific production to flying enemy on the supersonic system.

Secondly, of course, it would be unfair to downplay the contribution to the Putin triumph of Western partners. First of all, Great Britain. It turned out that in vain in recent decades it has been said about her that she has lost her former grasp and no longer knows how to influence world events. It turned out that he still can.

In any case, it was the fiery ministers of the United Kingdom - from B. Johnson to T. May - who managed to throw their furious hysteria around the so-called case of Skripal to throw the excitement to the voters of the Russian president. And to make yesterday's event in his eyes not only a referendum on course support, but also a demonstration of this support to all interested humanity.

At the same time, by the way, Russians managed to avoid the oncoming hysteria. Almost all eyewitnesses tell the same thing: there was no "nervous mobilization". The citizens held the elections calmly, on the verge of relaxation, with confidence in the result and that this result no one can annul.


Counting of votes in presidential elections in Kazan

By night it became clear that there was no one to blame the "boycott party". Because KA Sobchak and GA Yavlinsky scored much less than expected. Even in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Ksenia Anatolyevna, the candidate against all, failed to reach five percent. But it was on both capitals that the main stake of the "protest vote" was made. At the same time, even in the capitals, the mass appeal "not to go anywhere": the turnout in the elections-2018 in Moscow was noticeably higher than in the 2012. Finally, the apparent success of the authorities can not be attributed to PN Grudinin either - he appeared even paler than GA Zyuganov six years ago.

... On the Internet, carrying out a non-stop-reflection of public life, the drama and comedy unfolded simultaneously.

In places of collection of irreconcilable anti-government officials, three-shift sessions were held. "Boycott did not work," complained one international international of the Russian opposition. "Look at those horrible, unfermented faces. They, this docile set, choose for us with you, for a beautiful, intelligent and touching minority. Or, somehow, it began to find out who was to blame, whether those who called for not to vote (and thereby neutralized the "entire anti-Putin electorate.") Or, on the contrary, those who called for voting (and thereby legitimized election of Putin).

Prostate bloggers, in turn, laughed and mildly mocked the boycott. At the same time, those who voted abroad were especially scoffed at. Photos with long lines to sites in Phuket and Paris (with comments "see how the regime in Thailand is lashing! Everyone is afraid that they will be used by" Novice ", not otherwise") were replaced by clips with "funeral of Russian democracy in Berlin". In this mass protest action against the Kremlin, held in a free country with millions of Russian-speaking residents, attended by up to thirteen people under the protection of seven policemen.


Vladimir Putin at a rally-concert at the Manege Square in Moscow

Western media, in the morning rather cheerfully reported on the main pages that "in Russia, the main opponent of Putin, Alexei Navalny calls not to vote," in the evening wilted. They tell the results of the Russian elections today with small headlines buried somewhere in the "world news" section.

... And now - about the future. For the next six years, the Russian Federation, presumably, will live in a state of new consensus. Its citizens, not spurred neither by fear, nor by any fresh military victories, deliberately decided to approve the direction of the country's development.

On the other hand, now we can wait for a new wave of bitter insights from the Western powers, emigration and the Russian Fronde. They all again discovered for themselves the terrible fact that Vladimir Putin is held in power not by terror and persecution of competitors, but by the support of the overwhelming majority.

And the conclusions that partners, their media and their local "proxy" will make about this, are also about obvious. The bearer of world evil is not personally V. Putin, but all our people as a whole. And that's why there's nothing to stand on ceremony with us.

However, precisely because today the people of Russia can not care about external cries and opinions: he voted yesterday as he voted.

Victor Marakhovskii
RIA News
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