In Russia, as opposed to Western countries, not voting is also an expression of one's political preferences, said Regional Problems Institute Director and political scientist Maxim Dianov today at a round table in Nizhny Novgorod devoted to Presidential Elections 2004, Voting as Dialogue with Authority.
He said that like in the West, in Russia there is a group of the electorate, accounting for about 15% of the total, which doesn't vote 'because the people aren't interested in voting.' There are also parts of the electorate, which don't vote because they believe that it is a form of protest against the authorities. These people account for approximately 20-25% of the total. Therefore, about 40% of registered voters won't show up at the polling stations to vote. Nevertheless, Dianov said that the voter turnout in the upcoming presidential elections would be more than 50%.
"Presidential elections in Russia always bring out more voters than legislative elections. The appointment of a new government before the elections is also a public relations move by the president to bring out the vote on March 14," he said.
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