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An Election in Russia?

On Monday, voting closed in the Russian opposition’s online election.  170,000 had signed up for the process, but only 98,000 actually took the trouble to document their identity.  Of the registered voters, only 82,000 actually went to the polls to cast their votes.

The spinning began immediately.

Before the vote, opposition leaders touted the 170,000 figure as an indication of their  massive support.  It was a ludicrous contention, of course, since Russia is a nation of 140 million and the opposition barely got 0.1% of the population to participate.  But still, 170,000 was more than the opposition had ever managed to bring to the streets for protests.  When less than half that number actually cast ballots, the opposition began talking not about 170,000 but about 98,000 and touting 83% turnout.

Aleksei Navalny, the organizer of the vote and the winner by a landslide, went further.  On his blog, he touted 82,000 votes as being second only to Estonia in world history for turnout at an online election.  What Navalny failed to mention is that Russia’s population is one hundred times bigger than that of Estonia, so to match Estonia’s performance Russia would have needed to get roughly 10 million to the virtual polls.

Navalny also touted on his blog the fact that “only” one-third of the online votes came from Moscow.  Apparently, he feels that getting about 55,000 non-Muscovites to the virtual polls shows his movement is not restricted to Moscow.  It’s a laughable contention, just as laughable as suggesting that the votes of 83,000 in a country of 140 million mean anything at all.   The fact is that any Internet-based election excludes the vast majority of Russians because the vast majority don’t have ready Internet access.  They get their information from state-sponsored broadcast television and they overwhelmingly support Vladimir Putin.

At the polls, each virtual voter had the ability to cast 45 votes, the same number as there ultimately would be seats on the ruling council for which they were voting — thirty votes could be cast for candidates on the general list on which Navalny’s name appeared, and five each on three different party lists.  Navalny was the top vote-getter on the general list, earning the support of 53% of those who voted for candidates on that list, or almost 44,000 votes. No other candidate on any of the four ballots got a majority. Second place on the general list was won by poet Dmitry Bykov, third by Garry Kasparov, and fourth/fifth places were taken by the Russian Paris Hilton, Ksenia Sobchak, and her boyfriend Ilya Yashin.  Yevgenia Chirikova of the Khimiki forest came in seventh, Boris Nemtsov was 16th, journalist Oleg Kashin was 18th,  Andrei Illarionov was 19th, fanatical nationalist Sergei Udaltsov was 20th, Vladimir Kara-Murza was 21st, Russia’s blogger-in-chief Rustem Adagamov was 22nd and Andrei Piontovsky was #27.

The successful candidates on the general list were overwhelmingly male; just five of its thirty members were female (albeit three of the top eleven).

Not long ago, Navalny was promising many things. He was promised a new election in the Duma. It did not happen. He promised he would force Putin into a runoff. Not so much. He promised the size of street demonstrations would rise, from 100,000 to 1 million.  But they shrank from 100,000 to 10,000.  Yet despite all this failure, Navalny still won the election by a landslide, in a victory eerily reminiscent of that of Vladimir Putin himself.  Navalny’s  blog post is totally devoid of any introspection, any questioning of whether the puny support he received was any sort of mandate or success, and reflection upon whether he has been and can be a successful leader of the opposition forces.

It’s very hard to imagine what the ruling council can possibly accomplish.  It has no fundraising, no clear agenda, and no charismatic leadership.  Vladimir Putin has already settled into power, and it does not seem the opposition is remotely capable of the sort of dramatic action that would now be required to shake that power.  What’s more, the Kremlin is already threatening Navalny with jail in Siberia.

20 responses to “An Election in Russia?

  1. mingthemerciless ⋅

    See how Vladimir Pooty Poot is going to fight WW III

  2. mingthemerciless ⋅

    Here’s Vladimir Putin’s drunken goons beating poor people…that is socialism…they are celebrating Hitler’s birthday!

    • Beetlejuice ⋅

      That is capitalism. Celebrating the birthday of the most militant conservative in modern history: Adolf Hitler.

      • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

        Isn’t it fascinating Beetlejuice how Nazi Germany’s leadership remains the only pack of Arch-Western imbeciles that the Western petty bourgeoisie doesn’t approve of? Hell, Nazi Germany was modeled right on the US Settler Reich and the British Empire: Land-grabbing, lawlessness, enslavement, war, and racist genocide. What could possibly a braindead Westerner such as Mingchenlein have against Nazi Germany — especially in view of the latter’s hysterical Russophobia? OK, I get it. Without Ming’s supreme military leadership, Adolf lost the war.

        • Beetlejuice ⋅

          Manfred: Well, actually they did in the begining. Churchill had nothing but admiration for Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, and Hirohito. Even during the war the Western “democracies” didn’t give a flying fuck about the Nazis’ racial policies (as they held the same views). The U.S/British war effort against the Nazis and their allies was only a conflict of interest just like WWI.

        • MCC ⋅

          manfred, baraklho, I have really bad news for you, it is official now, ALL LENIN’S MONUMENTS IN RUSSIA TO BE DESTROYED. I know, it is a tragedy beyond belief, but perhaps russia should follow Estonia’s example. ALL MONUMENTS OF LENIN, BREJNEV, STALIN AND CO. ARE IN THE BASEMENT SOMEWHERE IN ESTONIA, GARDING PUBLIC TOILETS. Do you think that this decision can cause a civil war – imaging all communist baboons filling betrayed, humiliated and ready to start slaughtering ordinary russians ?????

      • Bohdan ⋅

        Beetlejuice, let’s get a few simple facts of life straight! comrade.

        Fact #1.
        Hitler murdered in the millions. PERIOD!!!

        Fact #2.
        Your beloved communist scum on the average, murdered in the 10’s of millions, like butcher’s Stalin and Mao Tse Tung, while there were some that only murdered in the millions, like the Cambodian Khmer Rouge’s ‘brother no.1’ i.e. Pol Pot, who managed to liquidate a third the population.

        Fact #3.
        Sure the USA enlarger its borders by stealing, i.e.plundering, much of its territory from Mexico, such as Texas and the West cost where a lot of the places still have kept their Spanish names, like Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, etc, and/or the slaughter of the native American aborigines as an excuse to rob them of their land – incorrectly named Indians as that idiot explorer Columbus had thought that he had discovered a shorter route to India, when in fact he had discovered North America!

        And sure blood was spilt, but not on the mammoth scale that the communist butchers achieved.

        Fact #4
        And sure Britain followed suit, when she built up her Empire, upon which she originally boasted “that the sun never set!” and sure much blood was once again spilt, but never in the copious volume that the communist murdering scum achieved.

        Fact #5
        It is strange how all communist indoctrinated baboons ignore the bloodshed visited upon its own and subdued by brutal means to force its own and all annexed territories into a so called ‘Union’ or to be more correct a red empire built on terror and blatant lies of the peasants, while a small minority – the top 10% – lived like little kings.

        Fact #6
        Strange how a pertinent question asked of any communist, always gets deflected to something irrelevant like “and they lynch negro’s/blacks in the USA.”

        • Beetlejuice ⋅

          You first. I’ll help you out little Bohdan:

          Fact #1: Hitler was the savior of German capitalism and imperialism.

          Fact #2: I’m neither a Stalinist or a Maoist, you simpleton. Ah but what’s the use, you wouldn’t know a Stalinist from your mother. Pol Pot was backed and funded BY the United States, and was toppled by the very same forces that gave the U.S a humiliating defeat: the Vietnam People’s Army.

          Fact #3: Over a hundred million Native Americans were slaughtered in American expansion alone, not to mention the slave trade; Mao and Stalin couldn’t have kept up if they tried.

          Fact #4: The British killed more than American expansion. Hell your heroes during WWII would’ve killed more Poles by 1950 than the British did in Africa during colonialism.

          Fact #5: I don’t ever recall bringing up communism, it comes out of your ass than my mouth. To you its a word as alien as supercalifragilisticexpialedocious, you don’t know the meaning of it, you just use it like a little wannabe thug trying to be one of the tough guys.

          Fact #6: Who mentioned blacks getting lynched? I’d prefer to talk about how a black man walking through Kiev, or Odessa will get his head stomped just for being black. Last year I met a really hot Ukrainian woman married to a guy from Trinidad. I asked her if she’d ever taken him home, she said no because she’s afraid for both their lives: him for being black, her’s for being a “shame to Ukraine”.

      • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

        Fact #7.
        Hitler was just another braindead Westerner, merrily aping Anglo-American imperialism with a view to achieve domestic social peace in a country plagued by social chaos and tensions bordering on civil war. Sadly, the Soviets failed to comply.

        Fact #8.
        “Victims of communism” is a business characterized by incredibly high inflation. Hence no need to apologise, since any apology will become instantly worthless as the body pile swells at least ten-fold at the drop of a hat.

        Fact #9.
        US imperialism has no other modus operandi than mass murder, pauperisation, and endless wars “on offer”. Kills off more people in a frigging decade’s time than what Stalin could possibly have been “guilty” of during his 30 year reign of the USSR. Bourgeois psychobabble and bogus sentimentality do absolutely not qualify as valid substitutes for hard facts.

        Fact #10.
        As a corollary to #9, the erstwhile practice of lynching blacks in the US is, in fact, a weak argument against the latter. For the past 70 years, US imperialism has indeed been a (very outspoken) peril to the species.

      • MCC ⋅

        Wasn’t Stalin, treated as a god for ALL russian slaves, the most militant conservative in modern history?? Stalin slaughtered russians in the most barbaric and brutal ways and russians never stop loving him, admiring him and praying to him…Russians need another Georgian…..

        • Bohdan ⋅

          I would gather that the only Russians stupid enough to idolize Stalin, the psychotic mass murderer, would only be the communist ‘apartchiks’ functionaries and all the secret police, i.e. NKVD murdering sadists, who numbered in their millions. And who lived a life of aplenty at the expense of the long suffering, overworked and exploited ‘comrades’ who supposedly lived in the greatest, freest and most democratic nation in the world. Yes indeed Stalin was a sadistic and mentally sick sycophant, who ruined many lives and ruled by sheer terror and murder over his subdued slaves.

    • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

      Wirklich? Kannst du erklären, was Putin mit ihnen zu tun hat, Mingchenlein?

      Q: Where does Ming truly belong?

      A: Most poignant question. God and Satan are at each others’ throats to be spared the specimen.

  3. Nazi is a shortening of National-SOCIALIST.

    Ernst Roehm, the Vienna Pimp of Adolf Hitler:
    (All upper level nazis where homosexuals)
    http://www.thepinkswastika.com/

    Quote:
    Adolf knows exactly what I want. I’ve told him often enough. Not a second edition of the old imperial army. Are we revolutionaries or aren’t we? Allons, enfants de la patrie! If we are, then something new must arise out of our élan, like the mass armies of the French Revolution. If we’re not, then we’ll go to the dogs. We’ve got to produce something new, don’t you see? A new discipline. A new principle of organization.
    To Hermann Rauschning about Adolf Hitler in May, 1933. Quoted in “Hitler: Study of a Revolutionary?” – Page 82 to Page 83 – by Martyn Housden –

    Quote:
    Hitler can’t walk over me as he might have done a year ago; I’ve seen to that. Don’t forget that I have three million men, with every key position in the hands of my own people, Hitler knows that I have friends in the Reichswehr, you know! If Hitler is reasonable I shall settle the matter quietly; if he isn’t I must be prepared to use force – not for my sake but for the sake of our revolution.
    To Kurt Ludecke in January, 1934. Quoted in “History’s Greatest Conspiracies” – by H. Paul Jeffers – History – 2004

  4. All nazi skinheads-boneheads are homosexual…be they Russian, Zeropean…whatever…I mean, just look at these fags!

  5. Swedish Goalkeeper ⋅

    Russian election? Congratulations on your American elections tonight, LaRussophobe! OBAMA FOR 4 MORE YEARS

    • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

      Why weren’t Kim and her proud acolytes candidating? It would have been an instant landslide way above Putin’s! Laziness? Cowardice? Lack of confidence?

    • Beetlejuice ⋅

      Thanks. You know what that means? No new economic chaos. Kim, Bohdan, Bogdan, MCC, and Ming are probably bathing in holy water and praying for American society.

  6. mingthemerciless ⋅

    .
    Nah…thanks to La Russophobe, with the Jiggabboo in the White House, we now know what America will look like in a few short years…like RUSSIA!!!….WE ARE ALL ROOSKIES NOW!!!

  7. mingthemerciless ⋅

    Did I see a mouse in Sergei’s cameraman’s refrigerator?

    There’s four more in the serial: There’s a Russian Park…big thing in Roossia to keep the moujiks happy…living on twenty dollars a month, that’s all the pensioners can afford…a walk in the park! “Montagnes Russes” WOW!!!

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