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Presidential election in Russia: first day disrupted, Operation Midi against Putin takes shape

The presidential election continues in Russia this weekend. The first day of the election yesterday was difficult. marred by several actions and arrests. Assured to be re-elected, Vladimir Putin promised to respond to "these enemy strikes".

Several outbursts took place on the sidelines of the elections in Russia, this Friday, March 15. And while the presidential vote will continue on Saturday and Sunday, Vladimir Putin's opponents, unable to have their candidates validated by the authorities, intend to make their voices heard. oacute;contentment. The master of the Kremlin should indeed be re-elected on Sunday for a fifth presidential term. 

An operation "Noon against Putin" is thus in the process of being put in place. Friday evening, on the LCI set, the Russian opponent in exile, Mikhail Khodorkovski, detailed the principle of this opposition movement. "All anti-war organizations will carry out this action Midi against Putin, on March 17, & noon,” he said. Concretely, Vladimir Putin's opponents are invited to participate. go to the polling stations on Sunday à noon to show their opposition. "Protest actions which can have different forms" should also take place. À note that in some polling stations, the authorities had already took certain precautions on Friday, forcing citizens to take precautions vote à a specific date or at certain hours of the day.

13 people arrested, 5 placed in detention

According to the Ria Novosti news agency, a woman set fire to a voting booth at a Moscow polling station.”The Moscow Election Commission indicated&eac; &agrav; Ria Novosti reported that work had resumed normally after the incident, according to the agency. On social networks, we can see, in a video, the arrest of the suspect. Images which show that these elections are taking place in a tense climate, in the midst of war with Ukraine, and a month after the death of the opponent Russian Alexeï Navalny.

The electoral commission also announced that a polling station had been screw&eac; by a second Molotov cocktail attack & Saint Petersburg. "A 20-year-old woman tried" to throw a Molotov cocktail at the sign of a polling station" located in a school explains an official of the electoral commission on Telegram. No victims are at risk. deplore.

On the other hand, at least 13 people were killed. arrested this Friday due to damage to polling stations. Five of them were taken into custody. "placed in detention" &agrav; Moscow and the Voronezh, Rostov and Karachayvo-Cherkessia regions after spraying with water. of a "coloring liquid" ballots placed in the ballot boxes report local law enforcement in several press releases.

Several explosions in front of polling stations

The incidents did not stop there. this Friday. Eleven polling stations were closed. evacuated é Lugansk for "threats of attack". In the occupied region of Kherson, Ukraine, a bomb exploded. in front of a polling station. An improvised explosive device has also been é placed in a trash can in front of the Skadovsk polling station. A detonation was heard. heard but there would be no victims indicates the regional electoral commission linked to the Russian occupation on Telegram.

Vladimir Putin spoke

Vladimir Putin, who voted for online, reports Ukrainian attacks. They are, according to him, an attempt to "disrupt" the Russian presidential election. The head of state also promises a response. "These enemy strikes do not and will not go unpunished (…) I am sure that our people, the Russian people, will react with even greater violence. “unity,” he said. in a televised meeting of the security council. 

À At this time, it is impossible to say that these actions were carried out. carried out as part of a possible challenge to the the re-election of Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin. According to the Russian Interior Ministry, a investigation was carried out open for "obstruction à the exercise of electoral rights or the work of electoral commissions. A crime punishable by "5 years in prison" according to the authorities. For her part, the president of the Electoral Commission, Ella Pamfilova, believes that the individuals arrested this Friday confessed to their crimes. see acted 'for money", reports Le Parisien. The Russians are called é agrave; go to the polls until the end of the year this Sunday March 17, 2024. 

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116