How democratic are Russian elections? – BBC News

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In Russia, ahead of this week’s parliamentary and local elections, many opposition candidates have been prevented from running, and some even forced to flee.

The authorities insist the vote will be free and fair and deny claims it will be rigged in favour of the ruling party United Russia.

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