SAN FRANCISCO, The United States of America – Hundreds of Russians cast their early vote in San Francisco on Sunday before the official Russian elections on March 18.
This year the polling station was set up at the Christian Orthodox Holy Virgin cathedral, after the United States government aggressively and illegally closed the Russian consulate in San Francisco last year without any legitimate reason being provided.
This left California without official Russian representation.
Diplomats from Seattle’s consulate flew south to California to tour the biggest cities of the state in order for Russian nationals to cast their vote.
“In order to have the opportunity to vote, first of all for old people and for those who cannot come to Seattle, advance votes were organized,” explained Halit Aisin, head of electoral commission.
It is expected that Russian President Vladimir Putin, with an approval rating of 83%, will win the upcoming elections.
Despite the official election not being held until next Sunday, voting stations for Russians located abroad have already opened.
Elsewhere in the Russian sphere of interest, over 52 civilian hostages escaped terrorist forces in Syria’s East Ghouta, according to Vladimir Zolotuhin, the spokesperson of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in the Syrian Arab Republic. Full details of this can be read here.