Putin's dramatic method of vote madness

The outcome is predetermined in Russia's constitutional "referendum," but a detailed view of public affirmation is crucial to the legitimacy of the leader.

Moscow - Russia's seven-day national referendum results show President Vladimir V. Putin is expected to hold office until at least 2036, all of which are certain: Mr. Putin will get the numbers he needs after the last day of Wednesday's voting.

However, there are many constitutional amendments already approved by the National Parliament in Moscow and why voters need to be ratified by regional legislatures around the country that have entered the legal months.

"From a legal standpoint, this exercise is insane," said Greg B. Rudin, a sociologist and political theorist at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences. But, he said, "it is not a vain process" because the Russian system under Mr. Putin relies on the existence of public support to inform the legitimacy of the decisions already made.

“It's a theater, but a very important and well-played theater. This system needs to demonstrate the stages of public support, even when it does not, ”Mr. Yudin said. "This vote is testing Putin's dramatic methods."

In the final melodramatic climax on Tuesday, Putin addressed the nation in the wake of the commemoration of Soviet soldiers fighting Nazi Germany, asking voters to vote in the past, no matter how important their voices are. The enacted and amended constitution has been published and is for sale in bookstores. "Everybody's throat is so important and important," Putin said.

Voters may, in theory, reject the amendments and Mr. Putin has vowed to respect their decision. But this is unlikely to happen, as Golos, at least an independent election watchdog, described Tuesday's election process.

Golos, who has been unfairly distorted by state-controlled media and state-funded companies and corporations, is sounding out of a galaxy of noise, "which does not allow us to speak seriously about the possibility of will." People are expressing themselves. "

The state's vast resources and resources allow for the gathering of Lyudmila Savincina, editor-in-chief of Yezoryevsk Today, a small state television station southeast of Moscow. In the recording obtained by Golos, she instructed her staff not only to vote but also to see where they normally register, in the city of Yegirivsk. (Local authorities risk losing jobs if they fail to get enough voters in their own districts.)

For those who disobey, the editor told his staff, it would have consequences. He said, "I can disagree. I warn you. It will be a concern for both you and me. I won't even explain it to you. Everyone will lose a job, a bonus - and it's in the middle of an epidemic." , When many people have already lost their jobs. Savumaina did not respond to telephone calls seeking comment.

For weeks, a long parade of prominent Russians marched with full television grip for their positions and earnings - from actors and musicians to the head of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and patrons of the Russian Orthodox Church. . People to vote for

Interestingly, neither of these two addresses a major part of the practice: an amendment that would allow Mr. Putin to override the constitutional term and stay in power for life from 1993 rather than in 2024, allowing him to step down at his current term. Instead they focus on other changes, such as pensions, family values, animals, the Russian language, and the memory of the Russians killed in World War II.

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