Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"Putin's Party Wins Mental Hospital Vote"

"United Russia won 93.14 percent of the vote at the Preobrazhensky Psychiatric Hospital, and 93.06 percent at the Moscow Region Clinical Psychiatric Hospital.

Such polling stations ...illustrate how election officials managed to achieve a result of more than 46 percent for United Russia.

Independent monitors and exit polls suggest the ruling party actually garnered less than 30 percent of the Moscow vote.

The sheer brazenness of the election-day violations -- reports include incidents of ballot-box stuffing and "carousels," in which a single group of people votes mutliple times at different polling stations -- help explain why thousands of Muscovites, including many who hadn't previously been politically active, took to the streets in the largest protests the capital city has seen in years."

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