Blogs heat up as Russia vote winds up.
I have reported from Russia off-and-on since the final throes of the Soviet days, and reporting on the voting issues this weekend from the comfort of a desk in North America, only made me want to go back again and re-learn what I think I know, and to deepen my understanding. Some are calling the election a game, favoring only the likely players. Election monitors say the 50 percent result for Putin’s United Russia party are inflated by vote fraud. Ballot stuffing, no problem in a country whose leadership evolved from a culture of answering to nobody. But with social media added to the voices trying to expose it– well maybe the oligarchs are going to face a bigger challenge moving forward.