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Russia is putting a new constitution to the vote: many Russians are in favor - and those who are against it keep a low profile.

Polling station number 81 is located in the "House of the Cinema", a venerable Moscow cultural institution. Moscow has awakened from the corona quarantine and is as busy as ever. There is also something going on in the polling station itself.

A young woman takes her temperature with an electronic fever meter. The vote on the new Russian constitution should go corona-safe. Face masks and gloves are available free of charge on a long table.

"A million prizes - your victory"

An election worker also offers a brochure: "A million prizes - your victory," it says. Every voter can participate in a lottery. There are restaurant vouchers, cinema tickets and the like to be won.

An official measure to boost voter turnout. No, this vote is not fair. The state has used all its resources to push through the constitutional amendment.

But that doesn't mean that the project doesn't also have supporters. He voted yes, says a young man. «I agree with the direction in which our country is developing. Sure there are problems. But overall I think everything is good. "

Constitutional vote has many supporters

The draft constitution provides for dozens of changes. The state should guarantee higher pensions and wages in the future, animal welfare should be strengthened and the health system should be improved.

We had enough bad things in our country - in the 1990s.
Author: Russin

Above all, Vladimir Putin will have the right to continue to rule until 2036. The young man says: “I like all the changes. And as for Putin: one should not overestimate the person at the top of the country. He alone does not decide whether Russia is doing well or badly. "

Numerous other voters are also speaking out in favor of the constitutional amendment. One elderly woman says: “If this condition leads to an improvement in life, I am for it. We had enough bad things in our country in the 1990s. "

The woman speaks of what many Russians think: Putin has brought the country a certain stability. And stability has not been taken for granted in Russian history.

One can no longer tell the truth in our country.
Author: Russian

However, not everyone thinks this way: a group of young people around 30 do not want to say how they feel about the constitution. Then the opinions trickle. "There is a lot of unnecessary in this template," says one. "Nobody needs this reform," adds another. And finally one woman says: “The older generation is used to believing the government. We are different. "

A lot of tampering observed

The downside of “Putin's stability” is that many are now afraid to speak openly about politics, to stand by the name. "You can no longer tell the truth in our country," says a man walking past the polling station. "Otherwise you will end up in jail - or 'whistle-blown'" - he turns his hand into a pistol.

There are already reports from government employees who are being forced to take part in the vote. The independent election observers of the non-governmental organization "Golos" say that as much as this time has not been manipulated for a long time.

President Putin, on the other hand, recently stated that it was important that the result of the vote was absolutely credible and legitimate. To exert pressure on voters is inadmissible.

Echo der Zeit, June 25, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

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  • Comment from Klaus KREUTER (SWISSKK)
    EUROPE is more and more demanding to say / show the world what is good and what is bad. PUTIN is (according to former Chancellor Schröder) a flawless democrat - so you still have questions? From our point of view, can we at all judge such huge empires as Russia? I think you'd have to travel around there for 1 year to get a picture, everything else is propaganda.
    Agree agree to the comment
  • Comment by Frank Henchler (The truth is often inconvenient)
    Price question. We all want objective reporting, don't we? In this regard, who can give me an example from the Russian media in which Putin and his decisions are critically questioned? The fact that Putin makes it seem in some minds that he has everything under control is certainly also due to the fact that there are never any critical reports in Russia and that there is no discourse on anything.
    Agree agree to the comment
    1. answer from David Neuhaus (striving for neutrality)
      What are we interested in Russian media? We are in Switzerland. I am interested in MY Swiss media! I do not want my Swiss media to take over the German media, in my opinion hate campaigns, but report in a well-balanced, neutral and fact-based manner in the established Swiss tradition.
      Agree agree to the comment
    2. answer from Hans Bernoulli (H.Bernoulli)
      What happens in Russia is up to the Russians. The West has zero legitimacy to accuse Russia of anything. In terms of reporting, certainly not. It would be important for our culture if the citizens woke up to the local conditions instead of falling for the projection of Russia as an evil.
      Agree agree to the comment
    3. answer from Frank Henchler (The truth is often inconvenient)
      And the democracy attacks never took place Bernoulli, am I right?
      Agree agree to the comment
    4. answer from Albert Planta (Plal)
      Bernoulli: What happens in Russia is a matter for the Kremlin.
      Agree agree to the comment
    5. answer from Christa Wüstner (Saleve2)
      What is happening in Russia is their business, how it is reported is another.
      Agree agree to the comment
    6. answer from Delmar Lose (DeLo)
      What happens in Russia is a matter for humanity! And that goes for everyone else too!
      It is time to wake up asleep from the Middle Ages and finally to get over the borderline thinking that it doesn’t bring much good!
      We should bring together the good from every corner and there are good and bad no matter where you go. We also have a lot that could be done better!
      Agree agree to the comment
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  • Comment from Charles Grossrieder (View)
    I think Mr Putin knows his people and their culture better than what the western media give us to understand. RU needs a strong hand and I think Putin is the right man for the role and he knows it too.
    Unfortunately, there are no such capacities in the liberal West anymore, you can only point your finger at others to cover your own weaknesses and manipulate discord. And the media join in and mostly only show the west side of the coin.
    Agree agree to the comment
    1. answer from Bendicht Häberli (bendicht.haeberli)
      "RU needs a strong hand and I think Putin is the right man ...". How do you know? The "strong hands" (Stalin, Khrutchov, Brezhnev, etc.) have plunged the USSR, and thus Russia, into a fiasco. Maybe fortunately for the West. - Russia's people need someone who trusts them. Putin (formerly KGB agent) is simply the wrong person.
      Agree agree to the comment
    2. answer from Paul Soltermann (ps)
      Häberli:
      The statement "Russia's population needs someone who trusts them" sounds good but is fundamentally wrong. Russia's people trust Putin and his skills as a statesman, would be more accurate. The Russian, like the Chinese by the way, would like to be more concerned about his own daily life and only ask so much from politics that it does not hinder him.
      Agree agree to the comment
    3. answer from Eva Wädensweiler (E. W.)
      "Putin (formerly KGB agent) is simply the wrong person."
      It is this arrogance of the value west that always & everywhere wants to judge who is allowed to be the right person who is allowed / should rule a country. If possible across the board of Western politicians. With the exception of Trump, who is now also one of the bad guys. Pretty presumptuous, isn't it?
      The fact is that Putin prevented Russia from being sold off to the West. And you take him very, very badly.
      Agree agree to the comment
    4. answer from Christa Wüstner (Saleve2)
      If Putin would not hold the gigantic empire together with a strong hand,
      we would have long since countless small states that have distinguished themselves because of their
      Would fight diversity
      Agree agree to the comment
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