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Russians Rally Against Putin on Last Day of Election

Several thousand Russians came together for a planned protest at the voting stations on Sunday, united in their intent to vote against President Vladimir Putin in a notable act of opposition.

Navalny’s Final Endorsement

Credit: DepositPhotos – Vilnius, Lithuania – February 19 2024: Flowers and candles laid at spontaneous Vilnius memorial for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died in a remote penal colony in Kharp — Photo by micheleursi.hotmail.com

In the days leading up to his death, Alexei Navalny approved the noontime protest on the last day of Russia’s three-day election, sparking increased opposition to Putin following Navalny’s death in prison, condemned by the West as an assassination.

A Collective Yearning

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The protest campaign’s website states, “We want this dark time to end. We want a clear, normal future.” 

Unity at the Polls

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“AT NOON on Sunday, March 17, when we come to the polling stations, we will show others and see for ourselves that there are many of us.”

Putin’s Expected Victory

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In spite of the demonstrations, the election was anticipated to grant Putin an additional six-year term, solidifying his extended dominion over Russia.

A Ruler’s Longevity

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Since starting his leadership in 1999, Putin has become the most enduring Russian leader since Joseph Stalin, making his reign the longest since Catherine the Great’s in 1796.

An Unchallenged Election

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Putin encountered minimal resistance during the election, as potential competitors were either disqualified or, in the case of Navalny, incarcerated and subsequently died under mysterious conditions.

Navalnaya’s Call to Action

Credits: DepositPhotos – Alexey Navalny. Demonstration in Russia. Russian March on the day of national unity in the Moscow district of Lublino, November 4, 2011, Moscow, Russia — Photo by Rosfoto.ru

Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Navalny, has embraced her husband’s mission, calling on others to demonstrate in remembrance of Alexei and to stand against Putin and the conflict.

Joining in Memory of Alexei

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“I want to do what [Alexei] thought was right, and I urge everyone to come to his memory,” Yulia Navalnaya said, encouraging participation in the protest.

Election and Conflict

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The election period was marred by conflict, including Ukrainian drone attacks across Russia, with the Russian defense ministry claiming to have intercepted 35 drones.

A Bold Incursion

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Last week, a faction of Russian citizens, resistant to Putin’s administration, launched an armed incursion from Ukraine, which was swiftly quelled by Russian military forces resulting in the death of more than 230 people.

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