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How democratic are Russian elections?

BBC, 15 Sep 2021
In Russia, ahead of this week’s parliamentary and local elections, many opposition candidates have been prevented from running, and some even forced to flee.

The authorities insist the vote will be free and fair and deny claims it will be rigged in favour of the ruling party United Russia.

Some of the politicians barred from the ballot spoke to the BBC in Siberia and Bulgaria.

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