The result of the vote didn’t come as any surprise. Various polls and analysts predicted that Vladimir Putin’s United Russia was going to remain the majority party. However, Western media criticized the election dubbing it “a show” and “a farce” even before it started.
Why you may ask? Look no further. Prior to the elections, The Duran’s Adam Garrie wrote a very thought-provoking piece on why there would be a Western media blackout on Russia’s parliamentary elections. As you will see in the interview below, Garrie claims Western media painted the Russian vote “as a show” because they “don’t want to admit that the democracy in Russia is indeed one of the most vibrant and, more importantly, diverse in the free world”. Western media have an agenda, “and the agenda doesn’t rely on the facts”.
Garrie went on to tell RT:
“When you just listen to some of the many debates in the Duma, you’ve got a broader range of opinions than you’ve got in the British Parliament, in the US Congress, or most places in Europe,”
“The fact of the matter is that the Russian government has gone out of its way to make this one of the most widespread free and fair elections possible from opening polling stations in some of the most remotest parts of the world – to videotaping all the polling stations to catch any possible irregularities when and as they happen. This factual truth isn’t something that seems to match the Western narrative – that says the Russian electoral system is somehow backwards or undemocratic. Perhaps they are ashamed that the Russian system is slightly more democratic and certainly more ideologically and personally diverse than a lot of place in the so-called West,” he said.
Adam Garrie wrote a follow-up piece on the results of the election and what it means for Russia’s political opposition.
RT interviewed Yvan Blot, a former member of the French and European parliaments:
“This election result reminded him of the French presidential elections when Charles de Gaulle “had 50 percent of the votes.”
“It is the same now in Russia with United Russia, Putin’s party. What strikes me is that all political parties in the majority and in the opposition are patriotic. It is not the case in France, I must admit,” he told RT.
Former French MP Blot, commenting on the matter said Western countries should mind their own election process.
For instance, in France, the system “is less democratic than the Russian one,” he said. He referred to the way Russian lawmakers are elected to the Duma: half of the MPs are elected from single-mandate districts (one candidate per district), the other half – from party candidate lists on a proportional basis.
“In France we have a more simple system: every candidate comes from a constituency. But constituencies were designed by the most powerful party some years ago. With the result of 1/3 of the votes the National Front has only two members of Parliament. Is that democratic? It is not democratic at all. It is the same for the extreme left. [It] has very few members of Parliament, but they have voices,” he said.
“Besides, candidates in France are selected in general by little committees of oligarchs within political parties. We have no primaries, except now in the Republican Party Presidential election. But in general it is not a tradition to have primaries,” Blot said.”
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