Golos, an independent Russian election observation body, denounced this Thursday that the referendum that will allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036 has been manipulated.
The Panel identified “multiple votes, Pucherazo” and “violation of electoral secret” in its assessment of the consultation, which ended on Wednesday after a week of voting.
In addition, tens of millions of voters were unable to cast their votes in neutral places. “A significant proportion of the votes were collected through direct voting in companies and institutions, de facto under the control of their bosses,” said Golos, arguing that the results themselves were “falsified.”
According to the Russian Electoral Commission, 77.92 percent of voters approved constitutional changes that include the key measure of putting Putin in re-election in 2024, while 21.27 percent opposed it.