I have had to wait for official confirmation on the results as I didn’t want to call this one too soon and then look silly later on.
Much to the surprise of everyone, Medvedev has won the Russian election. The losers, democracy, integrity and credibility have yet to comment. In all honesty I have no idea who was running against him, but then again I don’t suppose that many Russians did either.
Personally I would have been routing for Garry Kasparov, but of course he wasn’t allowed to enter due to the fact he was actually electable.
My favourite quote regarding the ‘election’ was from the French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner:
“The election was conducted Russian-style, with a victory known in advance, very surprising figures, not quite worthy of Stalin, but not bad.”
Not one to pass up the chance of a witty quip, Gordon Brown – sent a letter.
Mr Medvedev won Sunday’s election with 70 percent of the vote, matching the figure that analysts have long said the Kremlin wanted him to receive.
Something tells me that if the Kremlin had wanted him to get 80% of the vote, he would have got that too.
Helpful Police officers convince a reluctant voter that his vote is required.
It would be easy to take the cynical view and assume that nothing has changed in Russia since the collapse of Communism, or even take the view that they have returned to the dark days of Stalin. But that would be wrong:
“At one point a group of youngsters discussing the election were dragged out of a McDonalds restaurant and loaded into a bus.”
They have McDonalds now.