How Putin Stole The Election | Putin’s Russia #5


After the Soviet Union crumbled, the foundation
of the Russian Federation that replaced it was constantly trembling on the unsettled
fault line of history. Constitutions were written, then thrown aside. At one point,
Russian tanks even fired on the parliament building after it was taken over by demonstrators. The Russian people were bewildered. And they
were desperate for consistent leadership to rise from the burning embers of their former
empire. They needed someone they could take pride in–a hero who could return the country
to its glory days. Afterall, these were the people who defeated Hitler and the Nazis,
became a superpower; and then went toe-to-toe with the Americans for the better part of
four decades. There was a lot that in their history that made them think, “we’re better
than all of this chaos.” On New Year’s Eve, 1999, as the rest of
the world rang in a new millenium, Boris Yeltsin, Russia’s politically wounded President,
resigned. Vladimir Putin was chosen as his successor. Putin’s career had skyrocketed.
Just four months before, he went from being a — pretty much — anonymous bureaucrat,
to being Prime Minister. And in three years, he had transformed himself from an unemployed
deputy city mayor, to the President of the entire Federation. But now, the real work began: he had to make
sure he kept the job for good. The first thing Putin did was pay his debts:
he dropped all corruption charges against Yeltsin and his relatives. Next, an election was scheduled so the voters
could decide whether to give him a full term as President. But, Putin and his backers made sure the voters
didn’t really have of a choice. First, Putin announced he wasn’t going to
campaign…like, at all. He wouldn’t even debate his opponents. He still needed to fundraise, but the money
would be used to buy the election, not political advertisements. Hundreds of millions of dollars
were gathered in extremely shady ways. A secret audio recording captured the Ukrainian President
telling a colleague that Putin had hit him up for cash and that he transferred $50 million
to Putin from Ukrainian government accounts. Putin eventually paid back back an amount
five times greater — that’s $250 million — using money from the Russian state company
Gazprom. Because Putin was the acting President, Putin’s
team used this untouchability to influence the courts to systematically target and eliminate
some of the most competitive opponents from the race. They found small technicalities,
like not registering an apartment with the Central Election Commission–even though that
apartment was owned by a family member, not even the candidate himself–that was enough
to get someone taken off the ballot. This worked so well that at the start of the campaign
there were 53 declared candidates, but by election day, the field had been trimmed to
just eleven (pg 241 end of paragraph 1). But of course, when anyone tried to hold Putin
to the same standards, he would wriggle free from being held legally accountable. The next step in making sure Putin won, was
putting heavy, top-down pressure on the regional governors to get in line and support him.
If they refused, the Kremlin threatened to defund projects and services in their districts. On election day, virtually every trick in
the book was used to rig the result to guarantee a Putin victory. Extra ballots were simply printed, filled
out for hundreds of thousands of “phantom” voters, and cast for Putin. When these violations
were reported, agents from the Federal Security Bureau showed up, but didn’t even ask about
the charges. They wanted to know the names of the honest citizens who had reported the
fraud. A widespread campaign of intimidation and
threats kept many of the supporters of Putin’s opponents away from the polls. In a lot of
villages, those who still showed up literally had their ballots taken from their hands by
a pro-Putin thug, who would then fill it out as a vote for Putin. Another technique, called “caterpillaring”
went like this: a voter approaching the polling place, was offered a bribe of 50 or 100 rubles
– less than $5 – by a Putin loyalist to take a pre-filled out ballot inside and drop it
in the box. They would then take the blank ballot they were supposed to vote with back
outside, and trade it for the money. The Putin man would then fill out the blank ballot as
a vote for Putin, and repeat the process over and over again. If all this wasn’t enough, once the results
of an individual precinct were reported, if it was determined that Putin didn’t get
enough votes, the numbers were simply adjusted. In regions where the governor was a supporter,
Putin received 15 percent more of the vote than his overall nationwide average. Putin finished with a staggering 53.4% of
the total vote, despite going up against 10 other opponents. And because he received more
than half the vote, Putin won outright, avoiding a runoff. But millions of votes were manufactured for
Putin, meaning he clearly stole the election. More than 400 lawsuits were filed across the
nation documenting all kinds of these abuses, but after Putin took office, the Central Elections
Commission stifled efforts to investigate them by completely removing the election data
from its website. It’s not like Putin didn’t have a chance
without cheating. He was a charismatic candidate. And he was the sitting President. Plus, he
said all the right things. In an open letter to the voters before the election, Putin declared,
“Modern Russian society has come to value the benefits of democracy, a law-based state,
and personal and political freedom…a key goal of our economic policy should be to make
honest work more rewarding than stealing.” It seemed Putin was that man that the Russian
people were craving, a man they could trust to return their country to glory. He was the
clear favorite. But being the favorite wasn’t good enough. His victory needed to be guaranteed;
airtight; locked-down. In the days following this rigged victory,
report after report came from Moscow sounding alarm bells about the authoritarian direction
the country was on the verge of heading in under Putin. Six weeks later, Putin was inaugurated and
would immediately begin proving that these reports drastically underestimated the power
he would seize for himself. Thanks for watching the fifth report in our
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Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. 85% of Russians support Putin. He will go into history as one of the greatest leaders of his country along side with Peter The Great, and Katherine The Great, both of whom were conspired against by the west, and both of whom did tremendous work at making Russia a superpower.

  2. I believe it, because look how LONG putin in office? OK and how come when civilize people speaking they mind and feeling to the Russian gov. END UP DEAD…. WTF… Russian people need to BAN putin before he turn Russian into Rusty…. OH i forgot that Russian people have no voice, NO POWER to speak they MIND..,whoever like little putin is a idiot that stuck in the past. and what kind a Country that only made weapon and oil for money.?… do your ever heard Russian made GOOD like cars, computers, smartphones.??? NO NEVER… maybe VODKA.. hehe..LOL.

  3. Russian people are so desperate to see Russia strong and prospect again, and they are willing to put their fates on a man who spent half of his career spying on his own people. For their own sake, I hope they made the right decision.

  4. And I thought corruption in Brazil was bad. Also, if there is any russian here, why on God's name you want your country to be a superpower? You won't eat more and better, live more and better because of it. In fact most countries who are power only benefit the warmong elite and some crook public servants high up in the food chain.

  5. you're determined that Putin strontium in krizes drove a vet vsegolish he tries to pull her out of krizesa after the collapse of the USSR

  6. Do you have any reference material beyond the one book? Do you have any citations or will their be annotations to your material?

  7. Countries that are makiing agreements like tpp,ttip,tisa should'nt really talk about oligrachy or democracy.

  8. As much as I find Putin to be a despicable human being (like all politicians really) his power acquiring skills are amazing. He is pretty much a king now, and he began a dirt poor nobody.

  9. Stay away from politics, your knowledge of them is extremely limited. Stick to the other topics that you do, unless you want to turn into the youtube version of Fox News

  10. Why you so bothered about Russian elections? Is Putin "stole votes" from you? No. I'm sure that if Putin would make pro-american policy, you'll never noticed all his "sins", just like regimes in Saudi Arabia and in Turkey.

  11. Think this isn't true? Ask any Russian, "What is the history of Russian democracy, it's constitutional support and what is your vote worth?" Also ask them "Why was it from 1917 to 1992 you could not leave Russia unless you were KGB?"  Also ask "What do you have to do to gain an elected office and what power do you actually have?" There are thousands of Russian expats in my neighborhood and they won't go back.

  12. this is such a biased video, it talks about vladimir being the bad guy, how abput talking abour how after the collapse of the ussr the oligarchs stole all the state owned property and how they controlled the government until putin came to power. this vidio talks about dictatorship and ignores whats happening here in the USA. how corporation control governement and how rich people fund the presidential candidates. vladimir is doing good to its country and that is why there is much anti putin propaganda. America would like russia to be like in the turmoil years it went trhough after tge collapse of the ussr. how about talking about how the russian economy grew under his presidency, about how real wages increased by a few folds. this series of vidios talk about how 100 billionares control 1/3 of russias wealth. here in Bigo USA the one percent have more than the other 99 percent of the people. this is all western anti russian propaganda. want to talk about democrazy talk about how here un american people are loosing their rights on a dayly basis, how the economy is crumblig, how governement is controled by corporations and banks, how the gap between rich and poor is increasing and how the middle class is desapearing. talk about how the average middle class citizen pays more taxes than the miltibillion dollar corporations. talks about all the failling infrasture is falling apart due to funding do you soo much debt due to war. talk about how veterans are abandoned when the come with pts or physical disabilities after they come after war. talk about the Patriot act the allows government to arrest any person for what ever reason with no trial. America is an amazing country however there is a lack of good politians. the current politician just do whats good for corporations. if you want to focus on onother country, first focus on yours because yours will collapse in front of your eyes before you know it. talk about how the federal reserve is devaluating you dollar on a dayli bases due to massivaly printing millions of dollars, talk about how expensive is for an average american citizen to go to collenge or a university talk about the lack of funding in schools, talk about how the health care insuranses will get millions of dollars do to obama care, there are much more problem here on amarican soil and yet you the average amercan ignores whats happening and ignores what politicians are doing behind your backs.

  13. Nothing but lies and propaganda. If you want more credibility next time stick to the facts, not the fiction propagated by the criminal American media establishment.

  14. It makes me laugh how this youtube channel makes a video about Putin stealing the election in his country, yet no video about all the people who reported votier fraud on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

  15. Yeah,yeah,sure,blame Russia for all your problems.After all,Russia is resposible for you to miss a chance of having Bernie Sanders(only normal candidate)as your President,since they obviosly hacked him.Russia is #1 enemy for humanity,not ISIS,not racism,not North Korea,only Russia.

  16. Yeah,yeah,sure,blame Russia for all your problems.After all,Russia is resposible for you to miss a chance of having Bernie Sanders(only normal candidate)as your President,since they obviosly hacked him.Russia is #1 enemy for humanity,not ISIS,not racism,not North Korea,only Russia.

  17. Putin didn't still election, why? It's like saying a group of people are constricting other people by meaning of child molestation, if they won't comply with the regulation those women will molest their own baby. Putin agenda goes like " just give me the power and if you do so and you get cought I will put you in jail and I will take your baby away". Other agenda even democratic, will go maybe this women are right "like molestation it's not a crime" than they will give this women anough time before a judicial view of their point of standing. Naturally this women would try to corrupt things around so the kids will look like in need of spanky, and by the time court is do, they modified reality to their personal gain. We don't look up at Putin as a hero, we look at him as a very straight and clever politician who doesn't like to deal with bs, and able to satisfy people that deserves so and a pride of the group he belongs to.

  18. Rumors said that he is a Tsar being president for over two decades, that's ain't fair. Like in most countries president were elected spend in office no longer than a decade. Why not another member in United Russia be leader?

  19. He stole the election but saved the Country. In this case the end justified the means. We don't need a failed nuclear state to bring us closer to a doomsday scenario. Nations need a tailored government that fits their needs at a given time in history. Russia has the potential to become a true democracy in the future . We need to ease the process.

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