Putin's Unpopular Party Slated For Election Win
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Fri 17th September 2021 | 04:00 AM
Moscow, Sept 16 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Sep, 2021 ) :When polls open Friday in Russia's parliamentary elections, few voters would bet against an easy win for the ruling United Russia party, even though it is more unpopular now than ever before.
The party was founded by President Vladimir Putin after he came to power in 2000, with the aim of translating his personal appeal into a dominant parliamentary force.
"Everything that is unpopular is associated with United Russia," said independent political analyst Valery Solovey.
Still, it is expected to win.
The methods serve a key Kremlin goal, said political scientist Ekaterina Schulmann: "How to make a parliamentary majority out of an electoral minority".
They have also set out to block access online to Navalny's "Smart Voting" platform, which instructs supporters on which candidates to back to oust United Russia deputies and other Kremlin allies.
With many of Navalny's allies in exile following a crackdown, there will be fewer checks on the Kremlin party's performance over the three-day electronic vote with limited monitoring.
"It's seen as the party of bureaucrats and state employees," Schulmann told AFP.
To boost its image, Putin assigned his most popular ministers -- foreign policy chief Sergei Lavrov and head of defence Sergei Shoigu -- to head the party's campaign.
"Society is only interested in internal issues," said analyst Alexei Makarkin.
Nowhere has the party's rhetoric -- heavy with Soviet nostalgia -- been shunned more than in the 12-million-strong capital Moscow.
In an effort to rebrand, the party has put forward television personalities, sportsmen as candidates.
"The elections are obviously a fiction," Anton Kositsin, a 26-year-old voter in Moscow, told AFP. "The lack of real choice is overwhelming." - Format for 'falsifications' - The pandemic, meanwhile, brought an unexpected confrontation between United Russia and its loyal base.
Analyst Tatyana Stanovaya said the payments, which come as disposable incomes are falling and prices are rising, were effective.
And, if need be, analysts said the party's results will be buttressed by falsifications and a bring-out-the-vote campaign among state employees.