The movement of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny has urged voters to use the ‘Smart Voting’ app. This allows the Russians to see which candidate they can best vote for so that the United Russia candidate is not elected.
That system has been used several times over the past few days hit sensitively. Yesterday, at the request of the Kremlin, Apple and Google removed the application from their App Stores. Today, Google is said to have been asked to remove three YouTube videos about ‘smart voting’, reports An ally of Navalny’s movement.
Telegram has also limited the option of using chatbots for its ‘smart voting’ system. This is notable, as the chat service is known to be a sanctuary for opposition members, who managed to stand Despite the intervention of the Russian authorities. According to Telegram boss Pavel Durov, chatbots are being suspended because no campaign should be run around the election process.
A major reason for Putin’s unpopularity is the poor state of the economy. Correspondent Iris de Graaf visited the residents of Trubitsino, where residents have had no running water or gas for 20 years:
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