Editorial: hamsters do not choose
15.10.12 20:39 By Gazeta.ru editorial
Russian authorities should not attach too much importance to its success in the elections on October 14. Nothing has changed in the country in general: people prefer to silently not love their leaders and not to take responsibility for the fate of the country.
The official results of the October 14 Unified election day is that the ruling United Russia party won almost every election in 77 regions of Russia.
Indeed, one could claim that the results of the vote were rigged. One could criticize non-system opposition for not wishing to conduct routine work with population. One could even say that people already think of parliamentary opposition as a part of the authorities which has no power. So why would people vote for those who don't have any power? One can say that the United Russia used "spoiler-parties" to spread votes.
But it is not the authorities nor the opposition who are to blame for the fact that Russia cannot change its leaders, who have been proving their ineffectiveness and total corruption throughout the past 12 years.
It is the Russian population which is to blame. People from all regions, of all ages and professions criticize authorities in Russia every day. But when it comes to election day, they either skip voting, or they vote for the same people who already rule the country
The power will not change from the inside unless every Russian wants it to. It took 100 thousand Muscovites to take to the streets and protest and in order for the return of direct gubernatorial elections, simplified registration rules for new parties which had been tightening ever since Putin came to power in 2000. The authorities started to fear the opposition, it is clear from the wide range of anti-opposition bills they adopted after protests broke out – from tightening rally rules to fighting "foreign spies" among NGOs. The crackdown is obviously a defensive action.
If millions of people tale to the streets, if more people turn out for regional elections and vote against the ruling candidates, the authorities would not have any other choice but to change. This is how powers are changed in civilized countries.
The Russian government isn't changing simply because the people don't want it to. Though when people curse and hate the authorities behind their backs, yet do not express it publicly, there is the effect of a pot from which steam is never let off. This pot will eventually explode.
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