NEWSWATCH: “The Real Drama in Russia’s Election: How Many Voters Will Show Up? Putin is poised to win another term as president, and efforts to boost turnout recall Soviet-era elections” – Wall Street Journal/Thomas Grove

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“… the challenge for the Kremlin [is] not how to assure [Putin’s] victory … but how to boost voter turnout and legitimize an uncompetitive election. … in the northern Yamal-Nenets region … residents of voting age will be able to take their pictures against an election banner at a voting booth and post it on VKontakte, one of Russia’s most popular social networks. … the most likes could win one of more than 1,300 prizes, including the Apple products, bicycles and digital cameras. … A similar competition will take place in the Sverdlovsk Region in Russia’s Ural Mountains. In Moscow, voters will be able to get free cancer screening . * * * … Golos said that local pressure on teachers, state workers and students to vote will likely be effective” 

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