Elections in Russia. Computer attacks

Russian Election Commission denounces “foreign” cyber attacks on Saturday

Russia’s election commission on Saturday denounced computer attacks “from abroad” against its resources, on the second day of the vote for the legislative elections, for which the authorities put pressure on the internet giants. The election, which runs until Sunday, comes after months of crackdowns targeting the movement of Aleksei Navalny’s opponent and his allies, who called on Russian voters to “vote smart” for candidates in the best position. you would defeat those in power.

On Saturday, election officials said they had been subjected to a “three attacks” organized “from foreign countries.” According to an official of the Electoral Commission, Aleksandr Sokolciuk, two attacks targeted the resources of the commission’s website, and a third was of the “blocking access” type.

“The attack was quite strong,” Sokolciuk was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies, adding that other attacks are “in preparation” for Sunday, the main voting day, which is partly online.

The Russian official did not specify which states were accused of the attack.

The Russian opposition has accused the giants Google and Apple of “censorship” for yielding to government pressure, withdrawing a mobile anti-Kremlin election application created by Navalny’s movement, writes Agerpres.

The second day of the parliamentary elections began on Saturday in Russia, with polling stations opening at no less than 11 time zones. Following the close of the polls on Sunday, Russia is expected to have a new 450-seat State Duma for the next five years, as well as several new regional and municipal administrations.

On the first day of voting on Friday, independent observers from the Golos organization recorded about 2,000 procedural violations – most involving photos and videos, usually proof that the vote had been bought.

According to Golos, there have been many cases of mass arrivals of people in uniform to vote, suggesting that the government is mobilizing all state employees to ensure the victory of the ruling Russia party.

There were also reports that some people voted multiple times, as well as dozens of incidents of illegal voting.

“It was a terrible day. Greasy and dirty,” St. Petersburg politician Irina Fatianova posted on Twitter.

The Central Electoral Commission refused to register these complaints and simply ignored them, according to Golos. Meanwhile, the head of the Central Electoral Commission, Ella Pamfilova, praised the way the vote was organized on Friday.

The United Russia party is trying to keep its absolute majority in the State Duma. The party is backed by President Vladimir Putin, for whom the election is an important test of the nation’s pulse. Many opposition representatives are banned from voting, including supporters of Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny, who has called for a vote against united Russia in the prison colony where he is being held.

Navalny’s team complained that Telegram’s messaging app blocked opposition opposition ads for the first time on Saturday.

Telegram founder Pavel Durov explained that the booths were blocked, as the election campaign is no longer allowed on election day. He said that both Apple and Google removed from their stores the Smart Voting application created by Navalny’s team on Friday.

However, opposition activists have accused both American companies and Durov of political censorship.

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