November 25, 2023 | The Telegraph

The West must derail Putin’s sham elections

As in the Cold War, we must do more to expose the lies of the Russian regime to its people
November 25, 2023 | The Telegraph

The West must derail Putin’s sham elections

As in the Cold War, we must do more to expose the lies of the Russian regime to its people

Excerpt

Earlier this month, the Russian Ambassador to the US accused Washington of election interference in Russia. If only he were right.

While Americans are dreading the chaos of next year’s election season and Ukraine is postponing its presidential election altogether, Vladimir Putin is planning to glide into re-election in March 2024 through a process that will be neither free nor fair. To be sure, Ukraine’s constitution prohibits holding elections in wartime, yet the delay was also motivated by a fear of Russian interference.

Ivana Stradner is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Follow her on X: @ivanastradner. Dalibor Rohac is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Russia Ukraine