Vladimir Putin Wins Russia’s 2018 Elections, But CNN Won’t Have It

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On March 18th, 2018, on the fourth anniversary of Crimea’s reunification with Russia which revolutionized the chessboard of 21st century geopolitics, the Russian Federation held presidential elections which were marked by some if not surprising, then emphatic features.

As of 23:49 MSK, 88.17% of ballots have been processed. Russian President Vladimir Putin has won re-election with 76.36% of the vote according to Sputnik and RIA Novosti’s live counters and 76.34% according to RT’s data. According to Sputnik, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation’s candidate, Pavel Grudinin, came in second with 12.10%, the Liberal Democratic Party’s Vladimir Zhirinovsky with 5.87%, and the liberal candidate who mostly campaigned in the United States, Ksenia Sobchak, with 1.58%.

As is unfortunately the case with most political processes in this era of transition from declining unipolarity to emerging multipolarity in international relations, simply reporting on events such as Russian elections requires sifting through and deconstructing fallacious Western media simulacra.

For example, CNN’s typically venomous coverage, this time under the obnoxious title “Putin retains grip on power”, initially claimed that “Putin’s biggest problem” for re-election would be voter turnout, but has since edited its piece to suggest that “the number of people who turned out this time was not immediately clear.” On the contrary, Russia’s electoral committee, relevant monitoring officials, and international observers have stressed since the first reports began to come in that voter turnout has surpassed that of the 2012 elections and is now preliminarily estimated at 60%. Not to mention Putin’s landslide win, this turnout is tangibly high for 21st century democratic processes and is a firm testimony to Russians’ understanding of the stakes involved in electing their president.

CNN also decried the Russian elections in alleging that Putin faced “no meaningful opposition in the running and his fiercest opponent, Alexei Navalny, [was] barred from the race.” Anyone who reads anything beyond CNN and other long-since-discredited mainstream Western media lines knows very well that Navalny was barred from running because of his criminal record and that, even if he had been miraculously allowed to run against the law, Navalny would have remained what he always has been: a few-percenter whose visibility is due purely to Western PR work aimed at positioning him as a “sacred victim” of Russians’ refusal to accept Washington’s agenda for their country.

Also noteworthy in the 2018 Russian presidential elections is a distinct decrease in irregularities and violations compared to past elections. As of 20:23 MSK, Russia’s Central Electoral Commission had not received “a single serious complaint” from voters, parties, or candidates, which has been attested to by international observers. Incidents that have been reported by third party organizations have numbered significantly fewer than in past elections, and are now under official investigation, but have been deemed un-influential on the outcome of the elections by Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, which deployed around 275,000 officers to aid law enforcement, electoral committee members, and civil society organizations in safeguarding election processes.

This means that the Russian elections proceeded more effectively than in recent years, despite the fact that Russia’s electoral commission reported hacking attacks from up to 15 foreign countries on its internet resources and despite the fact that Ukraine has officially, openly blockaded Russian citizens from exercising their right to vote at embassies and consulates around the disintegrating country, a gross violation of international law and civil rights which the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights said it cannot comment on because its spokesman “knows no international standards.”

Moreover, as far as one can judge from social media feeds and still incomplete but incoming calculations, the voter turnout of Russians living abroad has seen a significant increase. Fort Russ’ own reporters in Belgrade, Serbia confirmed this impression at the polling station at the Russian Embassy.

Perhaps the most significant aspect of the 2018 Russian presidential elections, however, is Putin’s landslide victory over the second-place candidate, Grudinin. As several Fort Russ authors repeatedly analyzed, Grudinin’s campaign posed a significant challenge insofar as it revitalized the long-since stagnant, yet still immensely popular and critical Communist Party of the Russian Federation, by pushing for a greater focus on addressing Russia’s post-Soviet domestic socio-economic problems in tandem with pushing for a more adamant foreign policy vis-a-vis the Atlanticist war on Russia. While some analysts claimed that Grudinin was more of a media product than a genuine opposition, others, including myself, thought that Grudinin’s candidacy represented a watershed moment for envisioning a successful Russian multipolar project after Putin himself exits the scene. Putin’s immense victory confirms that the Russian people are overwhelmingly confident in Putin’s strategy of combining stability with calculated advances, and that Putin’s job is not done yet.

As always, we at Fort Russ will continue to monitor the situation and offer critical analyses and summations which cannot be found elsewhere, and which shatter CNN and co.’s fake news agendas. If the Russian elections proved anything relevant to concerned people like us, it is that informed citizens are capable of determining their country’s course despite Western media disinformation.

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Raphael Machado
Raphael Machado
3 years ago

“Fake News Network” attacks again.

Struth
Struth
3 years ago

Russia must have hacked the elections! (Sarc)

Ser Korz
Ser Korz
Reply to  Struth
3 years ago

You know Putin, he would hack anything at the drop of a hat!

Ser Korz
Ser Korz
Reply to  Struth
3 years ago

And he probably used Sarc to do it with. What is a Sarc anyways; How does it work and with what computer?
Can i buy one, and if so? Where in Russia is it sold?

Ser Korz
Ser Korz
3 years ago

Not CNN’s business to like or not like Russian election results; It is to report the news only!

Nexusfast123
Nexusfast123
3 years ago

Why even both focusing on CNN. They like the clowns that run the US are increasingly irrelevant to the rest of the world. If Putin was not there either Russia will have been attacked and/or the world ends up as a radioactive ash ball. That’s not to say that will eventuate but Putin has given us a few more years.

Tommy Jensen
Tommy Jensen
3 years ago

Ok 60% voted, meaning -40% didnt vote.
Putin┬┤s 77% of 60% is roughly 45% of the voters, meaning the communists or Zhirinovski could theoretically have won the Presidency with 55% of the voters, if little green men with machine guns had not scared the 40% Russians away from voting (sarc).

RussG
RussG
Reply to  Tommy Jensen
3 years ago

77% of 66% = 51% so a majority no matter how you look at it.

Mikethebike
Mikethebike
Reply to  Tommy Jensen
3 years ago

67.47% voted

Tudor Miron
Tudor Miron
Reply to  Tommy Jensen
3 years ago

You’re pathetic, Tommy! Your puppet leaders never enjoyed such support of their nation. Democracy my a$$ 🙂 Deal with it.

Mikethebike
Mikethebike
3 years ago

One machine can do the work of many ordinary man, but no machine can do
the work of one extraordinary man. Leadership isn’t a skill, it’s a
talent! Congratiulations Vladimir!!

Red Fred
Red Fred
3 years ago

According to CNN – In scenes not dissimilar to the Crimean referendum, soldiers held guns to the heads of civilian voters while they voted. While the soldiers voted the civilians held the same guns to soldierÔÇÖs heads. Total voter fraud. It was ugly. /sarc

Congratulations President Putin!

paul stephenson
paul stephenson
3 years ago

This is a big kick in the teeth for the West and a big statement .”YOU FIGHT ONE RUSSIAN, YOU FIGHT THEM ALL!!!!!” if you are crazy enough. Russian people totally behind Putin.

Divoll79
Divoll79
3 years ago

CNN is a joke! Who would waste his/her time listening to it?!

yep
yep
3 years ago

excellent, way to go mr putin, excellent….and fu*k CNN, tell these idiots to shoot themselves…..period

Divoll79
Divoll79
3 years ago

Did Russia interfere with Russian elections, too?………………….
LOL

ukalally
ukalally
3 years ago

jewish media in Russia and CNN (same thing) just reported Trump colluded with Putin to help him win

Lemonjello the Deplorable
Lemonjello the Deplorable
3 years ago

Congrats! Putin is a true statesman. I am glad it was him and not some
Globalist Scumbag. Keep prosecuting Globalists in Russia to the
fullest extent and/or kicking them out of your country. You don’t want
be in trouble and a joke like the US.

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