Voices from Russia

Monday, 5 December 2011

5 December 2011. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Preliminary Results of 2011 RF Gosduma Election with 95 Percent of the Vote Counted

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Click here for an another interactive infographic…

5 December 2011

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20111205/169328821.html

5 December 2011. Oy, Vey, What a Day… Santa Stops Off for a Nip

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It looks like a hard day was had by all. There doesn’t appear to be much ho-ho-ho here… indeed, they all look more than a little worse for wear. In case you wuz wondering, this was after a Santa Convention in New York City. “Oh, me… I’ll have a martini extra dry with a lemon twist, please…”

BMD

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5 December 2011. An Important Piece of Christmas Diplomacy: Ded Moroz Meets Julenissen… Are YOU Ready for the Holiday?

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In the image above, in an important and delicate holiday-time negotiation, Ded Moroz confabs with his Norwegian opposite number, Julenissen. God knows what’s on the agenda… no doubt, they’re discussing who’s been naughty or nice, and comparing notes. You’re not going to get away with it… they’re going to consult Father Christmas, Yamal Iri, Santa, Chishaan, and Père Noël as well.

Smile… it’s a magical time of year…

NB:

There’s very little in English on Chishaan, click here… there’s a picture of him in this series.

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United Russia Loses Seats but Keeps Majority in Election for RF Gosduma

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The pro-Kremlin United Russia Party won 238 of 450 seats during elections to the RF Gosduma, the lower house of parliament, marking a significant drop compared to 315 seats after 2007’s elections, the Central Election Committee said on Monday. With votes from about 95 percent of polling stations counted, the ruling United Russia Party’s now slightly below the 50-percent mark with 49.67 percent, a far cry from the commanding two-thirds constitutional majority the party held in the Gosduma for the past four years, according to the official count.

Other parties that crossed the entry barrier will receive more seats than in 2007. The RF Communist Party (KPRF) came in second, taking 92 seats (compared to 57 seats in 2007); the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) scored 56 seats, increasing its presence by 16 seats. The A Just Russia party will have 64 deputies in the RF Gosduma, 26 more than during the previous parliamentary elections. The pro-Kremlin United Russia party took 46.5 percent of the votes in Moscow, after counting 97.2 percent of the ballots, which means it’s still the single largest party. The results of the polls have sparked a wave of strong criticism from Internet users citing massive fraud and violations.

5 December 2011

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20111205/169351738.html

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