Russia Speaks, But Needs Help With Its Math and Ink

Russia Speaks, But Needs Help With Its Math and Ink

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Abby Zimet

Check it out: Vladimir Putin's United Russia party won over 146% of the vote in some areas in the national election, pretty impressive given its well-documented abuses. Social media users cited other creative innovations in what one opposition leader called "the dirtiest, foulest elections of the last 20 years," including voting booth pens filled with invisible ink, ballot boxes arriving at polling sites half-filled, and election officials blithely filling out ballots while they sat there.

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