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Electioneering, Russian Style

by @ 5:32 pm on October 31, 2007. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Russia

It’s just like in the United States, but with vodka:

Russia’s ruling party is trying to lure voters in upcoming elections with free bottles of vodka and other gifts, campaigners from two non-governmental groups said in Moscow on Wednesday.

Yelena Panfilova, Russia director for Transparency International, an anti-corruption group based in Berlin, said at a news conference in Moscow that United Russia was giving “hidden bribes.”

These gifts included sponsored vodka bottles, rucksacks, gloves and even jar lids carrying the United Russia symbol for the many Russians preparing jams for the winter season, Panfilova said.

Alcohol and politics, perfect together.

One Response to “Electioneering, Russian Style”

  1. David Wilson says:

    Is vodka and politics is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

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