Article published on the website of BMB Russia on September 6th, 2018.
On September 9th, voters across Russia will elect 22 regional governors, 16 regional legislative assemblies, 12 city parliaments, 4 mayors, and 7 State Duma deputies. Here’s a look at some campaign advertisements and what they say about Russian politics from Arkhangelsk to Zarechny.
Ekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk oblast
Near the city of Yekaterinburg, a campaign billboard for the United Russia political party features the slogan “United Russia – the party of the president”. The debate that followed the decision to raise the pension age sharply lowered United Russia’s approval ratings ahead of the 9 of September elections. In regions where United Russia’s situation looked particularly difficult, the Kremlin reportedly allowed local branches to use a slogan making a direct connection between United Russia and Vladimir Putin (though they seem to have stopped short of using the president’s picture). According to media outlet RBC, such “authorizations” were given for the Irkutsk, Vladimir, Ekaterinburg, Ulyanovsk and Arkhangelsk regions.
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