09/17/2018 (Mon) 21:58:49
>>19146>Meanwhile, there was election day in Russia. This isn't big parliament or president elections, but election of governors, mayors and local parliaments.
And now the happenings. Most of regions, as expected, elected politicians from pro-government United Russia party (not just pro-government, but actually a government as a party) in first round (>50% votes). But in some few regions there will be a second round: Primorsky Krai, Khabarovsk region (both in Far East), Vladimir region (European part) and Khakassia (another republic of Turkic people). In every region except Primorie elections will happen in late September, but in Primorie they decided to make second round few days ago.
And, surprisingly, a commie (from Communist Party, they aren't really a commies nowadays, but pro-government "opposition") guy (Ischenko) won. Or not won, but lost. He was leading with 51% vs 45% for United Russia guy (Tarasenko) when 95% of votes were counted. News channels reported that he won, party leader (Zuganov) congratulated him, and region became and example of region when someone not from government won.
Suddenly, at night, when 99% of votes were counted, site of election committee became unresponsive for hours, police forced Ischenko people to move from some voting stations, and United Russia guy started to lead with 49.5 vs 48 for commie. Some people compared numbers and even said that this couldn't be real because numbers don't match (voting attendance and voters count, etc). Now central government is silent, commie guy is protesting, election committee says that they didn't count everything so please wait.
Primorsky Krai known as political center of Russian Far East (with Vladivostok city as capital) and known as depressing region with bad migration trend (to Russia), corrupted and weak economics and Chinese influence.