The Russian election commission examined dozens of complaints about irregularities this week during the constitutional referendum, which would allow the country’s president, Vladimir Putin, to remain in office for the next 16 years.
Commission President Ella Pamfilova has confirmed that, according to Interfax agency comments, she received a total of 113 complaints, most of them complaints of coercive voting.
Pamfilova has assured that the vast majority of complaints are being investigated, and regrets that many of them have been sent anonymously.
Putin, 67, has been in power for two decades, either as president or as prime minister. He has been the longest serving Russian or Soviet leader since Josef Stalin.