‘election’ Category

  1. Why shouldn’t the Kremlin like President Clinton II?

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    November 1, 2016 by AK

    The Kremlin should not mind at all a politically vulnerable, ailing person in the White House. Secretary Clinton fits the description perfectly, assuming that her digital trail and health are truly the sad affair her detractions claim they are. Besides, she is an intelligent, hence intelligible, machine with quite some mileage, reliably predictable. By contrast, DJT is allzu menschlicher – weak like all of …
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  2. The chance of losing may be 99% if you vote. It’s 100% you don’t.

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    September 20, 2016 by AK

    More notes on last Sunday’s Duma election in Russia. The elephant in the room. Alexei Navalny – the de-facto opposition leader in my view, although not in everyone else’s – was barred from running, as was his party. The silence of the urbanites. In the previous post, I called Russian non-voters political idiots, but in …
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  3. Failing worse

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    September 19, 2016 by AK

    The Moscow Times on yesterday’s Duma election: Half of the 450-seat State Duma is elected through party lists. United Russia has so far claimed 52 [54 with 90% of precincts counted] percent of that contest. Another 225 seats in the Duma are awarded in a single-constituency system, which means a district is represented by a single …
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  4. It’s Trump’s failure that would enable fascism

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    April 6, 2016 by AK

    An interesting story in The New York Times by Zeynep Tufekci, Adventures in the Trump Twittersphere. It was actually the author’s name that caught my eye and made me start reading. The first name is a variation on the female Arabic name Zaynab. The last name (Tüfekçi) – even I could figure out – means “gun maker” or “gun …
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  5. A local election making the front pages

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    May 26, 2015 by AK

    Baltiysk, formerly Pillau, is Russia’s westernmost town and home to a naval base, a seaport and an oil terminal. Together with much smaller towns and villages, it makes up a district (rayon) with 36,000 residents. The district held a local election last weekend. The ruling party, United Russia, failed to win a single council seat out of …
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  6. Almost as expected?

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    May 8, 2015 by AK

    The SNP has won 56 out of the 59 seats in Scotland, a 95% success rate. Ninety-seven and a half years ago, Sinn Féin won 70 out of the 75 seats in the 26 counties that would make up the Irish Free State: 93%. The similarity probably ends here. The SNP does not have 60%+ …
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  7. Waiting for Poroshenko’s new government

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    October 15, 2014 by AK

    Ukraine’s President Poroshenko has fired the minister of defense, a career policeman who started service in the late Soviet Union and rose through the ranks in a post-Soviet environment. Not to deny Heletey’s achievements as minister, I wonder whether a graduate of a Soviet police academy is a good fit for the top military job in a country at war. …
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  8. An encouraging election day in Russia

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    September 8, 2013 by AK

    Around seven thousand Russian regions and municipalities, including Moscow, held local elections on Sunday. Alexey Navalny, the de-facto leader of the Russian opposition, polled about 30% in the Moscow mayoral election based on exit polls. This is way above the 15-20% he was widely expected to receive. It’s an impressive result since Navalny was denied …
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