Russian Elections: An Oxymoron of Democracy

Posted: 7 Feb 2008

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Mikhail Myagkov

University of Oregon - Department of Political Science

Peter Ordeshook

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: February 1, 2008

Abstract

Considerable controversy swirls around the extent to which Russia's elections have been falsified. We argue here on the basis of an assessment of aberrant distributions of turnout in official election returns for each of Russia's national elections beginning in 1995, that falsifications in the form of stuffed ballot boxes and artificially augmented election counts, whose significance was first apparent in its ethnic republics, has now spread to and metastasized within both rural and urban oblast districts. That spread, moreover, unashamedly accelerated during the Putin administration - notably the 2004 election - and has sustained itself thru the 2007 Duma parliamentary vote.

Keywords: election fraud, Russia

Suggested Citation

Myagkov, Mikhail and Ordeshook, Peter C., Russian Elections: An Oxymoron of Democracy (February 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1090975

Mikhail Myagkov

University of Oregon - Department of Political Science ( email )

Eugene, OR 97403
United States

Peter C. Ordeshook (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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