As Russian voting moves online, Putin’s foes say another path to curb Kremlin is lost
Even the veneer of electoral legitimacy now takes a back seat to full political control, according to Tatiana Stanovaya of the political consultancy R. Politik, who added that the Kremlin had taken a “strategic decision” to press ahead with online voting.
“The legitimacy of elections and this regime is not a problem any longer for this regime,” she said. “For Putin, his legitimacy comes from his achievements. For him, people must thank him by voting for him.”