Kremlin cancels voter turnout boost over fears of opposition victory

The Moscow Times cites Russian business daily Vedemosti in reporting the Kremlin has scrapped several voter turnout initiatives in advance of the September regional elections out of fear an increasing number of Russians heading to the polls could propel opposition candidates to victory. Moscow is reportedly canceling voter turnout initiatives in 5 regions (out of 16) where Putin’s United Russia party faces serious opposition and could lose the governorship. The Kremlin had previously hoped for high voter turnout in this year’s elections to shore up support for Putin heading into the 2018 presidential campaign.

 

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