For the second time since the street demonstrations of the 2011-2012 “Winter of Discontent,” Russians will vote on September 8, 2013, in local and regional elections throughout the country. Dozens of executive and legislative positions will be up for grabs, including mayor’s seats in Moscow and Yekaterinburg, where prominent opposition bloggers Alexey Navalny and Evgeny Roizman challenge the status quo in uniquely contested races.
On September 8, millions of Russian bloggers and citizen journalists will flood the Web with reports about the voting process, which will inevitably feature a mix of democratic enthusiasm and accusations of fraud. The Internet is Russia’s most vibrant political forum, and the commentary due out on Election Day will offer a singular glimpse at the country’s public in action.
In addition to RuNet Echo’s already extensive coverage of the elections as manifested online, project editors Kevin Rothrock and Andrey Tselikov will live-blog the day’s events as they unfold, all-day-long, September 8. Visit RuNet Echo on Election Day to follow the story.
Russia Gets Ready to Vote – 2013 Coverage
14 Sep To Some Opposition Bloggers Alexey Navalny is “Führer”
13 Sep GV Face: Understanding #RussiaVotes 2013 with Kevin Rothrock and Andrey Tselikov
08 Sep #RussiaVotes Live Blog: Russia's Regional and Local Elections
06 Sep Day Before “Election Silence,” Russian Candidates Rock Out
30 Aug Don't Be Fooled by His Smile: Yekaterinburg's Evgeny Roizman Is Mad As Hell
30 Aug The Politics of Moscow's Migrant Crime Statistics
29 Aug Russia's Political Firebrand: What Makes Navalny Tick?
23 Aug Navalny's Montenegrin Kryptonite or Russia's Invulnerable Candidate?
22 Aug Regional Elections Offer Russian Opposition No Escape from Internecine Conflict
19 Aug The Moscow Mayor's Mischievous Viral Marketing
15 Aug Russian Police: Now Raiding Opposition Activists Without Warrants
13 Aug Russia's Soviet Assault on Navalny's Online Fundraising
9 Aug The Business of Endorsing Navalny
26 July A Jewish Russian Mayoral Candidate Even the Nazis Can Love
21 July Has Alexey Navalny Really Changed Russian Politics?
19 July The Terrifying Potential of a Post-Navalny Russia
- Crowd-sourced map of election violations,organized by the “Golos” movement (“Map of violations”.)
- Wiki designed to help Russian voters find their nearest polling station, also organized by “Golos” (“Wiki polling station”.)
- Russian government’s official website for the September 8, 2013, elections, by the Federal Elections Commission.