|Sure Putin is authoritarian, but when has Russia NOT been authoritarian?|
“Does Russia have democracy?,” Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich, 63, said before voting. “Maybe. Probably we have some kind of democracy. I don’t know, I haven’t seen any other kind.”
Still, the result reinforced the political system engineered by the Kremlin under Putin over the past 16 years. The two parties that took second and third place are nominally in opposition to the Russian leader but in practice almost invariably support the Kremlin line.
Reflecting the strength of nationalist feeling in Russia following the seizure of Crimea, the ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party came second to United Russia with around 15 percent of the vote, a strong showing for the party that is led by Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a man regularly described as Russia’s Donald Trump.
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|The U.S. isn't much better than Russia|
Our American "elections" are largely a joke. Unless a candidate takes millions and millions of dollars from Wall Street special interest groups he hasn't a change in Hell of getting elected to Congress. Our Congressmen represent Oligarch special interest groups, not the people.
Because of corrupt campaign money and super, mega sized districts the Wall Street funded GOP and Democrats "magically" win 100% of all elections to Congress. If 100% is not rigged elections then I don't know what is.
In the early American Republic multi-party elections were common. Today only those candidates willing to be bought and paid for are allowed to enter the halls of Congress. To say the U.S. needs election reform is an understatement.