(ed: what this says to me – and i presume it will also speak to a lot of russians – is that there lies a distinct possiblity of them having another revolution of sorts – but this time where it was not an option last time – at the ballot-box – (not using this mafia-linked party of course) – so i think we can expect to see a birth of some form of democracy/opposition parties in russia in the near future – and them receiving wide support (especially amongst young russians – who care not a jot for the kleptocracy that rules over them)…interesting times ahead in russia – and it is easy to see/understand why the kremlin are so packing it….the ballot-box could yet do them in..)
The Kremlin has suffered a third weekend of election shocks – with its soldiers unexpectedly losing two gubernatorial races to scarcely credible ‘opposition’ candidates.
In both Khabarovsk Krai in the Russian Far East and Vladimir Oblast – just east of Moscow – handpicked Kremlin candidates lost second-round run-offs to members of Russia’s Liberal Democratic Party – but despite its name the party is a decidedly undemocratic nationalistic party – reportedly linked to the mafia.
In Khabarovsk the vote difference was a massive ratio of 3:1 with Sergei Furgal polling 67.57 per cent against incumbent Vyacheslav Shport’s 27.97 per cent.
In Vladimir Oblast Vladimir Sipyagin beat loyalist Svetlana Orlova by a smaller margin – 57 per cent to 37.46 per cent.
But in both cases few had even predicted a second-round.
Fewer still that second-round results would tilt so overwhelming against the ruling-party candidate.