Voting for Russia’s 450-seat parliament has begun. Voting will begin on Friday morning in different parts of the country, which are divided into 11 time zones, and will continue for the next three days.
Voters began arriving at polling stations in various cities in the eastern part of the country, including Petropavlovsk and Kamchatsky. Electronic voting has been introduced in several areas besides Moscow.
Earlier, the ruling party was accused of cracking down on the opposition over the election. Even Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin’s fiercest critic, was barred from running. On the other hand, despite the decline in popularity, Putin’s ruling party is optimistic about victory.
Under President Vladimir Putin, some in Russia believe that human rights are under threat.
Meanwhile, the opposition is unable to take part in the country’s parliamentary elections due to government pressure. They also say that Putin’s popularity has been declining in recent times.
Alexei Navalny, a staunch critic of the Kremlin, has been protesting in Russia’s Kaluga region. But the police prevented it. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
One of Navalny’s supporters said he was forced to take to the streets. Because we are tired of seeing everything. Navalny must be released. At the same time the political crisis must be resolved.
Russia is holding 450-seat parliamentary or state Duma elections. And there is no opposition party in this election. There are allegations that Putin’s ruling party did not allow Navalny to run in the election. Meanwhile, some in the country feel that Putin’s popularity is waning due to widespread election repression or the Navalny issue.
At the same time, they say their human rights are under threat under President Vladimir Putin. The country’s media activities are also in doubt.
One media person said that there is no doubt that the government is now interfering in human rights and independent political activities in Russia. There is also a risk to the media when talking about this.
Another journalist said that political instability is at its peak in Russia. Having to go through even the most difficult time right now. Either way, the Putin government has to solve it.
Despite this, President Putin’s party, United Russia, is hoping to win a landslide victory in this year’s parliamentary elections.