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Putin's party set to retain parliament majority as polls open on final day

While Russian President Putin remains popular, United Russia party has seen its support drop as living standards decline following years of economic stagnation.

9/19/2021 9:45:00 AM

Russian President Putin's party is set to retain a majority in parliament on the last day of three-day elections in which most Kremlin critics were barred from the ballot

While Russian President Putin remains popular, United Russia party has seen its support drop as living standards decline following years of economic stagnation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's party has been set to retain a majority in parliament on the last day of three-day elections in which most Kremlin critics were barred from the ballot.The vote comes in the wake of an unprecedented crackdown on the opposition this year, with Russian authorities jailing Putin's best-known domestic foe Alexey Navalny and banning his organisations as "extremist".

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In the lead-up to this weekend's vote, all of his top allies were arrested or had fled the country, with anyone associated with his groups kept from running in the parliamentary and local polls scheduled to close at 8:00 pm on Sunday.READ MORE:Russians cast ballots in parliament election after historic crackdown

Claims of censorship, rampant ballot stuffing"These essentially aren't elections. People in effect have no choice," 43-year-old businessman Vladimir Zakharov told AFP in Russia's second city Saint Petersburg.The elections were also marred by claims of censorship and rampant ballot stuffing. headtopics.com

As voting kicked off on Friday, Apple and Google caused an uproar among Russia's opposition after they removed Navalny's "Smart Voting" app, which showed supporters which candidate they should back to unseat Kremlin-aligned politicians.

Sources familiar with Google and Apple's decision told AFP the move was taken under pressure from Russian authorities, including threats to arrest the tech giants' local staff.By late Friday, the popular Telegram messenger had also removed Navalny's "Smart Voting" bot, and on Saturday his team said Google was pressuring them to delete Google Docs with recommended candidates after a request from Russia's media regulator Roskomnadzor.

His team called the documents the last "remaining" tools supporting their election tactic and asked voters to take a screenshot of them in case they were removed. Read more: TRT World »

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Pro-Putin party heads for Russian election win after Navalny clampdownRussians vote on Sunday in the final stretch of a three-day parliamentary election that the ruling party is expected to win after a sweeping crackdown that crushed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's movement and barred opponents from the ballot. Thats not an election Uh huh.

Google And Apple Take Down Putin-Rival Navalny’s App Ahead Of Russian ElectionsAlexei Navalny’s supporters have termed the removal of the app as an act of political censorship. The Russian state isn't subordinate to Google and Apple, to the shock of the West. This does make you think & ask questions Anything for the motherland of propaganda.

Vladimir Putin is still rattled by Alexei NavalnyThe Kremlin has been hoping that most Russians will take no interest in the election. The opposite may be happening good I am sure the Kremlin has a plan if they do. I think some voting apps already 'disappeared' from Google and Apple. why do the police look like french sailors?

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Apple and Google remove anti-Putin voting app on day of Russia electionAn aide to the jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said the tactical voting tool was removed on Friday, as Russia's three-day parliamentary election begins.

Russia’s Opposition Candidates Struggle to Make a Mark in ElectionThere is little prospect that the pro- Putin United Russia party will lose its parliamentary majority, but that hasn’t stopped opposition groups and independent media from being silenced or outlawed. All bullies are cowards. P