Saturday, 24 October 2020

She used to clean City Hall, now she runs it.

quote [ In Russia, where elections are rigged and the ruling United Russia party virtually always wins, the bedrock political principle is to create the illusion of democratic choice.
Mayor Loktev, of a tiny village, POVALIKHINO, Russia, 300 miles east of Moscow, was running for re-election unopposed. He needed an opponent and found a willing patsy, Marina Udgodskaya, who cleans city hall,
She won.
Nobody was more surprised than Ms. Udgodskaya, who did not campaign.
“You shouldn’t expect anything in an election,” she said. ]

Russia gives US a lesson in democracy. Story is slightly more profound.
[SFW] [politics] [+2]
[by yunnaf@9:58pmGMT]


steele said @ 8:59pm GMT on 25th Oct [Score:1 Underrated]
So this article was basically just an opportunity for the NYT to call Russia corrupt then. Neither candidate campaigned, and there were less than 150 votes for the two candidates. This article is the textbook example of the sort of manufacturing consent crap I've been posting about..

According to the election commission of the Kostroma region, Udgodskaya, a candidate from the Russian Party of Pensioners for Social Justice, won the election against the incumbent head of the Povalikhinsky rural settlement of the Chukhloma region of United Russia Nikolai Loktev with 61.7% of the vote. 87 people voted for Udgodskaya, and 48 for Loktev.- The cleaning lady elected by the head of the settlement told why she went to the polls

donnie said @ 11:27am GMT on 26th Oct [Score:-1 Boring]
The entire population of the administrative area is something like 400 people, not all of whom would be eligible voters. 150 people seems quite a reasonable turnout for an election built from the crumbling remains of public confidence. I don't think it's a surprise that democracy in Russia is gamed to the extreme. I don't think it's an unfair representation of the story. If you speak to Russians, or know any, none of them would be surprised by this story. This is what life is like in Russia. It really is extremely corrupt and the people are painfully aware of it. You make it sound like this is some type of media-driven exaggeration. The story is remarkable only in that the attempt at corruption backfired. This doesn't happen in Moscow - I guarantee you. If it was going to happen anywhere in Russia, of course it would be in a tiny town that nobody is paying attention to and that doesn't really matter. If you think that the election-rigging in this story is an isolated incident, however, I think you're sorely mistaken. It's not like the NYT are stretching here. Politics in Russia really is deeply corrupt. It's not a secret to anyone, certainly not the least the people who live there.

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