RUSSIA: Delusion on Sunday

RUSSIA Delusion on Sunday Comrades, these are not merely elections—this is also a holiday.

—J. Stalin

In a holiday spirit, Russia was preparing for its quadrennial national elections next Sunday. Factory workers were spurred on to back-breaking Stakhanovite feats, the customary holiday offering. Thousands of agitators swarmed out from thousands of agit points to address rallies as if there were actually issues that could be decided by the voters.

A Russian election is ostensibly run by a 27-man central electoral committee connected with a network of regional and local committees that spreads into...

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