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‘Putin’ the Squeeze on Students

President Putin’s United Russia Party won by more than 60% in yesterday’s parliamentary elections, setting the stage for him to stay in control even after he is no loner president.

Teachers, doctors and others have accused their bosses of ordering them to vote for the URP. “People are being forced and threatened to vote; otherwise, they won’t get their salaries or pensions,” the leader of the liberal Union of Right Forces Party, Boris Nemtsov, said.
According to Mark Franchetti, university students have also complained that their professors threatened them with expulsion or poor grades unless they back Putin’s party. Some students were instructed to vote at polling stations on campus, supervised by a campus representative, and others were told that hidden cameras were installed in polling boths.
Civic “education,” the Russian way.


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