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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Sun Nov 2, 2014, 02:39 PM

1. Yes and no.

Russia's organized elections on its territory for the DNR/LNR. But if you fled not to Russia, you don't get a chance to vote.

There are a lot of irregularities. Voting age was reduced. Any fighter can vote--this includes fighters from Kharkov who aren't locals, and fighters who aren't Ukrainians.

In some areas it was announced that you'd get your social services card after voting, courtesy of the DNR (or LNR). In other places they hand out food when you vote. It's not a secret ballot.

You don't have to vote in the district you're registered in (with no cross-checking since it's all on paper, and nobody's going to cross-check hundreds of thousands of votes).

Russia, however, hasn't noted any. (Then again, in my classes a lot of students don't take notes, so it's not a particularly Russian habit to ignore the obvious when it's convenient.)

A number of parties were disqualified. A number of parties were granted waivers for qualifying.

The dates aren't as agreed. The laws aren't as agreed. And, yes, there are various Russian convoys. Reports are of fresh Russian troops, Grad batteries, columns of armored vehicles. These things happen. Sometimes they presage an escalation of hostilities--which is saying something considering the number of dead during this "ceasefire" a la russe. Sometimes they're just for show--why would you vote for a loser, but if you want pro-Russian votes then managing to get an influx of Russian troops shows you got balls, which is something many older Russian women lusting for the freedom and liberty of the USSR when times were good really want. Dvoechniki.

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