Three-day municipal elections have kicked off in 82 Russian regions. The last day of voting falls on 11 September, Interfax news agency reports.
Direct gubernatorial elections will take place in 14 regions of the country. Other regions are electing local legislators at various levels. Over 31,200 legislative seats are up for grabs this year.
A number of regions, including Moscow, the Kaliningrad, Kaluga, Kursk, Novgorod, Pskov, Tomsk and Yaroslavl regions, have introduced a e-voting procedure in addition to the regular election process. The Moscow headquarters reported that their specialists had already thwarted over 350 hacker attacks.
It was reported yesterday that Moscow election candidates had started receiving calls from people who introduced themselves as reporters with Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Novaya Gazeta, Polit.ru and other media outlets. The politicians were asked about their stance on the war in Ukraine and Smart Voting, a voting strategy promoted by Alexey Navalny’s team with the aim of depriving the ruling United Russia party of votes.