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As a former federal prosecutor, I prosecuted a number of election fraud cases, here in Georgia. Election fraud and vote-buying appear to be a world-wide problem, to one degree or another. Various news reports indicate that many Russians won't even vote in next week's parliamentary elections simply because they believe the election results will be manipulated. Nearly fifty percent of those surveyed predicted there will be election fraud. Vladimir Putin's party is expected to retain a majority in the Russian Parliament next week, but other parties appear to be positioned to post some gains.
Of course, if Putin's party officials and bureaucrats are counting the votes, then one might wonder why only fifty percent of Russians believe the election results will be rigged!