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Not a leg to stand on

Which friend of liberal democracy had this to say about the election in the Russian Federation?:

"Under Yeltsin, there were only two ways to steal peoples' votes - through intimidation and simply writing in the convenient result. This group has come up with 20 ways of humiliating the people"

These methods, he said, include abolishing the "none of the above" option in voting lists, increasing the election threshold from 5% to 7%, cancelling the minimum voter turnout requirement, and stacking United Russia's candidate list with high-profile figures. (That last one is just shocking, isn't it? C).

The outraged democrat is none other than Gennady Zyuganov, leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, an organisation very much the heir to the CPSU.

Gennady himself has run for election before, cutting his teeth in the Oryol Oblast (centred on the city I know of as Orel. C) in the mid-late 60s. Orel also gave us 'Iron Feliks' Dzerzhinsky, founder of the Cheka (the forerunner to the KGB) and Artem 'Mig' Mikoyan. Gennady would have benefited from elections where he was able to run unopposed for the thick end of 30 years, so his outrage smacks - ever so slightly - of hypocrisy.

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