Monday, September 7, 2009

They expected democratic elections?

Radio Free Europe has a little article about the complaints of the Right Cause Party in Russia regarding the elections for the Moscow Duma. Apparently, the election process is blatantly unfair.

I am very sympathetic but very unsurprised.

Did Stalin hold free elections for city government during his reign? Does the opposition win municipal elections in Azerbaijan? In autocratic systems, there may be variation between how closely elected representatives hew to party orthodoxy, but free competition will not be tolerated.

Certainly a free election in the capital city would be unthinkable.

I'm not sure what the best strategy is for democrats in Russia. I don't see any free elections on the horizon.



I especially liked this passage:

"Solidarity member and former Deputy Energy Minister Vladimir Milov said that the election commission had determined that 30 percent of the signatures necessary to register as a candidate - including his own - had been falsified. "

Anonymous said...

That is a nice surreal touch. A totalitarian state does engender this type of absurdism - as you well know.

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