Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin voted in the Duma elections. They did it online. Friday is the first day of early voting, the actual vote will take place on Sunday 19 September.
In a video speech posted on the Kremlin website, Putin said that he “has fulfilled his civic duty in electronic format.” He called on citizens to take part in the elections.
A video of the voting Mishustin appeared on the website of the Russian government.
Elections in Russia. Electronic voting
Electronic voting was organized in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Kursk, Jarosław, Murmansk and Rostov regions, as well as in Sevastopol in the annexed Crimea. It can affect up to 10 million people.
Friday is the first day of early voting in the Duma elections. The actual vote will take place on Sunday 19 September.
The “smart voting” app has disappeared from the Google and Apple stores
On Friday, opposition activists accused technology companies Google and Apple of succumbing to pressure from the Kremlin after an app supporting “smart voting” was removed from their online stores.
The application recommended the candidate for whom it is best to vote so that he would win in a given constituency against Vladimir Putin’s representative of the ruling United Russia. There you could find data compiled by associates of the opposition activist Alexei Navalny
Main photo source: EPA / ALEXEI DRUZHININ