Sole Communist Candidate Wins 'Runoff' In Russian Regional Election

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Valentin Konovalov

Valentin Konovalov, a Communist who ended up being the sole candidate in the runoff for governor in Russia's Khakasia region, has won.

He needed to get 50 percent of votes cast on November 11 to win, and got more than 57 percent, according to preliminary results cited by the Interfax news agency.

Communist Party boss Gennady Zyuganov welcomed the result.

"We put forward a constructive program, and our candidate and the whole team carried themselves with dignity. Valentin Konovalov has won. We will be implementing the program put forward to voters," Zyuganov told Interfax.

The bizarre ballot was the result of a strange series of events that started when incumbent Governor Viktor Zimin came in a not-so-strong second to Konovalov in the initial vote.

Zimin then pulled out of the runoff, citing poor health, and two other candidates bumped up in turn to fill out the ballot also withdrew, sparking speculation that President Vladimir Putin and the ruling United Russia party were nervous of a Communist win in a legitimate-looking election.

Kremlin critics consider the Communist Party a pliant part of Putin's ruling system, and it supports Putin's initiatives with some frequency, but the rivalry on the regional level is very real and any Communist victory is embarrassing for Putin and United Russia, which dominates politics nationwide.
Sole Communist Candidate Wins 'Runoff' In Russian Regional Election

See previously:
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Communists starting to defy Putin?

Khakasia is the latest Eastern region Putin's United Russia has had cede to the Communists in the recent elections. They no now longer control almost all the Far East and like half of Siberia. And they've also lost Vladimir region in European Russia to Zhirinovsky's "Liberal-Democrats"... It's serious...

No wonder, as I mentioned before, he been actively distancing himself from this corrupt flaming disaster of a party...
 
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Sole Communist Candidate Wins 'Runoff' In Russian Regional Election

See previously:
How Putin's "elections" are made, funny pics, vids
Communists starting to defy Putin?

Khakasia is the latest Eastern region Putin's United Russia has had cede to the Communists in the recent elections. They no now longer control almost all the Far East and like half of Siberia. And they've also lost Vladimir region in European Russia to Zhirinovsky's "Liberal-Democrats"... It's serious...

No wonder, as I mentioned before, he been actively distancing himself from this corrupt flaming disaster of a party...
No wonder Putin takes such a dim view of democracy.
 
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No wonder Putin takes such a dim view of democracy.
Indeed. It seems like damn near every region he's allowed to freely elect their local leadership went against United Russia lol

Nobody likes that scum anymore...

I think maybe they will eventually scrap regional elections altogether...

Look what they did to Yevgeny Roizman (left) who, despite all the cheating and rigging and intimidation and all they threw his way back in 2013, managed to get himself elected the only ever real opposition mayor, in Yekaterinburg, Russia's 4th biggest city

First, a guy named Aleksandr Yakob (right, above), a loyal United Russia stooge, was appointed to the brand new, unelected position specifically created for him, "Head of Municipal Administration of Yekaterinburg", also referred to shortly as "City Manager". All the meaningful powers, authority over the budget, etc, were then stripped from Roizman's office, and transferred over to Yakob's. The Mayor was left, basically, a purely symbolic, ceremonial position, in charge of nothing.

That's how it went on for years after, with Roizman, the actually elected mayor, prevented from making any own decisions for his city.

And this year, they finally indeed abolished direct elections there altogether, despite Roizman leading public protests against this:

Direct Mayoral Elections Abolished In Yekaterinburg, Despite Protests

Roizman than resigned in protest: Yekaterinburg Mayor Resigns Over Scrapping Of Direct Mayoral Elections

And that was the end of Russia's only free city, so to speak...

:(
 
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