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Russian Elections Under Statistical Scrutiny

The recent Duma elections confirmed popular support for Vladimir Putin and his party, but also showed growing voter apathy, with a significant portion of the Russian population choosing to stay home. In contrast to the dramatic fallout 5 years ago, the 2016 results were met with a more muted response, both at home and abroad. In 2011, independent electoral researcher Sergey Shpilkin used precinct-level data across the country to estimate the scale of ballot stuffing. Now, Shpilkin has analyzed the latest election and shared his insights and what they mean about the shape of Russian politics for the next five years.

Date & Time

Sep. 29, 2016
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Russian Elections Under Statistical Scrutiny

Kennan Institute Distinguished Speaker Series

The recent Duma elections confirmed popular support for Vladimir Putin and his party, but also showed growing voter apathy, with a significant portion of the Russian population choosing to stay home. In contrast to the dramatic fallout 5 years ago, the 2016 results were met with a more muted response, both at home and abroad. In 2011, independent electoral researcher Sergey Shpilkin used precinct-level data across the country to estimate the scale of ballot stuffing. Now, Shpilkin has analyzed the latest election and shared his insights and what they mean about the shape of Russian politics for the next five years.

Speaker

Sergey Shpilkin

Sergey Shpilkin

Independent Election Analyst; Journalist
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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, and the region though research and exchange.  Read more

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