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Majority of Russians didn’t even know Navalny’s ‘Smart Voting’ election app existed, despite Western media focus & legal ban

That’s according to Moscow’s Levada Center, which polled people across the country to determine what, if anything, influenced their preference. The initiative aimed to maximize anti-government ballots by offering tactical voting recommendations, and was banned by the authorities over its links to Navalny’s prohibited network of campaigning groups, which have …

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American politicians voting for new sanctions ‘don’t understand reality of Russia,’ but dislike country due to prejudice – Kremlin

Speaking to journalists on Thursday, just hours after US politicians backed the sweeping sanctions, President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said that the amendments proposed amounted to nothing more than “internal parliamentary exercises.” According to him, “in order for them to be formalized, or even put into place, they …

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Moscow to conduct recount of electronic voting after opposition accuses authorities of rigging weekend parliamentary election

That’s according to Alexey Venediktov, a well-known Russian journalist and editor of liberal outlet Echo of Moscow, who was chosen to head the capital’s election observation headquarters. According to business daily Kommersant, the veteran broadcaster explained that the process would not be legal in nature, but rather a “reconciliation of …

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Apple & Google delete Navalny’s ‘Smart Voting’ app after top Russian officials accuse US tech giants of ‘election interference’

The opposition figure’s team confirmed on Friday that the ‘Smart Voting’ platform had been taken down from both Apple’s AppStore and Google Play services after the country’s media regulator, Roskomnadzor, called on the American tech firms to implement a government-ordered block. Officials had previously threatened the US firms with hefty …

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