Almost 5,000 registered voters in Russia’s North-Caucasian republic of Ingushetia have so far taken part in a campaign organised by Ingushetiya.ru to protest the falsification of results in the elections to the State Duma on 2 December 2007. The republican election commission claimed that voter participation was over 98% and that Vladimir Putin’s United Russia received almost 99% of votes cast. According to Ingushetiya.ru, actual voter participation was as low as 5 to 8%.
Ingushetia has just over 160,000 registered voters, of whom about 15% reside permanantly outside of the republic. Those 5,000 who have already announced that they did not vote on 2 December 2007 account for some 3% of all registered voters. Moreover, a group of people filmed voting at 20 polling stations, and the videos show that voter participation was extremely low. Once all statements from non-voters are in, Ingushetiya.ru will report the data to Russia’s General Prosecutor’s Office.