We have separate news threads for UK, Ukraine, North Korea, so i decided to create another one, about Russia. Especially because there is a good occasion and news to start with: yesterday's Duma elections. On the one hand, they were quite predictable: Putin's ruling party "United Russia" won with huge gap - 54% vs only 13% for each of two next parties, Communists and LDPR:
This mean "United Russia" will once again get the "constitutional majority" (>66% of seats) in the next Duma and will be able to completelly ignore all the other parties. What is really interesting is that our homegrown pro-western "liberal opposition" didn't got a single seat. Their results are:
Yabloko - 1,91%
PARNAS - 0,71%
Partly it was the due to their own mad rhetorics like "let's apologize for who we are & return Crimea to Ukraine" that alienated the vast majority of voters and partly due to ugly squabbles in their own ranks... but there was another piquant factor: sex of head of PARNAS M.Kasyanov with some lady... and not just sex, but accompanied by political comments he was making in process. The whole thing was filmed by hidden camera and shown on TV... dirty trick, but it worked and PARNAS turned into "porn ass".
These results are also intersting because it was a kind of practical test for our liberals and their worldview. That's what they thought and hoped two years ago:
I actually look forward to it. The worse our economy becomes, the less support Putin will have - most Russians already don't trust the government with their wallets according to various data. Maybe we will have our own Maidan if we're lucky enough.
And here are the results, "United Russia" got MORE votes than in the past elections while they themselves got NOTHING. And today, as always, they're blaming the "rigged elections" and "dumb brainwashed crowd". Nothing new under sun...