Published On: Fri, Sep 6th, 2019

Putin news: Row grips Russia as election chief TASERED ahead of weekend election | World | News

The political opponent allegedly raided election officer Ella Pamfilova’s home and repeatedly attempted to attack her with a Taser this morning. Russian investigators are looking into whether the attack was linked to Pamfilova’s occupation. Protests continue in Moscow ahead of elections this weekend. The protests began after Pamfilova’s Central Election Commission barred many independent candidates from standing citing ‘falsified signatures’ as the evidence.

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has tweeted claiming the attack is fake news.

As many as 60,000 protestors have been pressuring the government in Russia for free and fair elections in a country where Putin has quashed opposition rhetoric.

Putin is rapidly losing support in his homeland, with many former loyalists turning their backs on the ruling United Russia party.

In St Petersburg, even the Putin-backed Alexander Beglev will enter the race for the role of governor as an independent.

United Russia immediately removed Beglev’s biography from their website following the candidate’s rejection of the ruling party.

Some are claiming that the wave of departures from the party is a deliberate strategy to confuse the electorate and that the independent candidates will still back pro-Kremlin mayor Sergei Sobyanin.

As he enters his third decade in power, Putin’s approval ratings have dropped significantly.

Polls in April indicated that the Russian President’s grip on the capital Moscow has slipped with 37 percent backing independent candidates, leaving 20 percent maintaining support of Putin’s United Russia.

Putin appears to be losing the trust of his people, while the percentage of voters prepared to back him also appears to be dropping.

Both figures have fallen to 48 percent. In the spring, they stood at 60 percent.

In an attempt to pull off an upset in the elections, opposition leader Navalny has urged voters to target the closest rivals to United Russia in the 45 constituencies throughout Russia, even if they do not happen to be the voter’s first choice.

The regional elections begin on Sunday, where 19 governors will be chosen across Russia.

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