Leaders in Moscow are concerned with preventing interference in the Russian presidential elections in March 2024. Vladimir Putin (71 years old) warns those who want to try. – Mikkel Reif’s tactics, says a Norwegian expert.
Last week, a number of Russian leaders spoke about the danger of interference in the elections scheduled for March 17, whether from the West or with Western support. Putin is running for re-election. He has been Russia’s strongman since December 31, 1999.
- president Vladimir Putin says so “Any interference in Russia’s internal affairs will be suppressed and dealt with harshly” and “elections must be held in accordance with the laws.”
- Chief of Foreign Intelligence Sergei Naryshkin He claims that the West The opposition will support, with the help of the CIA, “the creation of a network of secret anti-government cells in Russia.”
- Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Refers directly to The United States says that “Americans know that this is unacceptable,” and Americans “consider themselves to have the right to interfere in the internal affairs of any country, while others are prohibited from doing so.”
Putin’s statements came during his meeting with party leaders in Parliament. After amending the constitution, presidential elections are held in Russia only every six years. Previously, this was – as in the United States – every four years.
The Americans know very well that we know this. When we identify such attempts, we present them to the whole world, according to Foreign Minister Lavrov Rhea.
Aage Borchgrevink, author of “The Warlord in the Kremlin” and employee of the Helsinki Committee, goes to Hakkebakkeskogen when VG asks for comment:
-There’s a bit of a Mikkel Rev tactic about this. “It was the climbing rat that tried to eat me.” They accuse others of what they themselves do.
– It has appeared in several reports that Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential elections. Through such statements, Moscow is trying to mitigate its operations against elections in other countries.
Borchgrevink believes the statements are also aimed at his residents:
– It is a warning to Russians who will try to use the elections to criticize Putin and the authorities – that they will be treated as foreign agents. There is an element of threat to this.
– After launching the full-scale invasion, the basic social contract with the Russians became based on fear. Everyone should be afraid, especially those who might protest. It’s also a clever way to question democracy, freedom, and free elections in other countries. This is a way of saying it’s just as bad elsewhere.
Putin received 10 million fake votes In the last presidential elections in 2018According to Russian election expert Sergei Shpilkin – but he won the election anyway.
– Everyone knows that elections in Russia are not democratic at all. But the system is still wary of the need for a touch of interface, says Aage Borchgrevink.
– They are afraid of a small crack that could lead to the disintegration of the system. They are also keen to support the idea that Putin is popular. It is an essential part of the system.
- US intelligence after the presidential election identified both In 2016 In 2020, there was Russian interference in different ways.
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