Russian Law Bans Extremists and Terrorists from Elections
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
New Russian legislation bans founders and leaders of extremist or terrorist organizations from seeking elective office for five years.
Members of these groups are banned from elections for three years.
The law also applies to supporters of these groups, as well as individuals involved in advising or otherwise assisting them.
They're also excluded from seeking elective office for three years.
The measure states that "a public statement approving the activities or individual events of such organizations will be considered support, including on the internet."
The new legislation aims to prevent elements involved in serving interests of hostile powers from undermining Russian democracy to preserve its sovereign independence from foreign control.
Russia is shortly expected to judicially decide whether Navalny's so-called Anti-Corruption Foundation — a front group for his fifth column activities — will be ruled an extremist organization.
Last summer, a criminal probe examined his suspected money-laundering of around 1 billion roubles ($15.3 million), obtained by the foundation through dubious means.
Convicted of embezzling millions of dollars for self-enrichment, he was sentenced to 2.8 years imprisonment for multiple breaches of his suspended sentence, his term beginning last March.
Along with grand theft, he's guilty of sedition and serving as an unregistered US foreign agent, a nation militantly hostile to Russian sovereign independence.
Given his marginal support, whether permitted to seek public office or not when released matters little politically.
Most Russians despise, oppose, or are indifferent toward him.
According to head of Russia's lower house state Duma's security committee Vasily Piskarev:
The above legislation aims to counter Western efforts to "weaken our country and infiltrate our authorities through a network of extremist and terrorist organizations in order to destroy us as a sovereign state."
State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin said the above legislation aims "to protect" the nation from hostile individuals and groups that aim to undermine it.
According to Voice of America (VOA) disinformation, part of the nation's foreign propaganda operation:
The new legislation "make(s) it virtually impossible for anyone connected to jailed opposition politician Alexey Navalny to gain public office (sic)."
Only if a judicial ruling designates his Anti-Corruption Foundation front group an extremist or terrorist organization does the above claim apply.
VOA and establishment media failed to explain what the law is all about.
At the same time, VOA falsely accused Russia of "ramping up…pressure on dissent ahead of…September elections" — a bald-faced Big Lie.
Russian democracy shames the US fantasy version that's more plutocracy, autocracy, hypocrisy, and governance of, by and for privileged interests exclusively than for everyone equitably — a notion abhorred and virtually banned throughout US history.
According to the most distrusted and despised name in US television propaganda CNN, the new Russian law is "an effort to further limit political competition" — a bald-faced Big Lie.
The ConstitutionCenter.org explained that "the right to vote is not explicitly enumerated in the text of the US Constitution"— though it's mentioned five times in the document, in the 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th amendments.
US voting rights are largely the prerogative of states, but federal law can override them.
According to the Sentencing Project, over 5.8 million US citizens are barred from voting because of criminal convictions.
One in 16 African Americans of voting age is disenfranchised.
So are over half a million voting-age Latinos.
Women comprise over one-fifth of disenfranchised Americans.
Only two states—Vermont and Maine—have no restrictions on voting rights.
Kentucky, Florida, and Iowa are the only states with permanent felon disenfranchisement.
Most states are somewhere in between the above.
Most often when US elections are held, around half of eligible voters opt out because their interests are unaddressed.
Elections are privatized. Corporate-controlled voting machines — using secret software — can manipulate totals with electronic ease.
Mail-in ballots can be counted, double-counted or discarded.
When half the electorate most often opts out, candidates can be elected or selected with as little as around 25% of eligible voter support.
Constitutional challenges to disenfranchisement of convicted felons — many wrongfully, others for minor offenses — failed at the Supreme Court level with one exception.
In Hunter v. Underwood (1985), the nation's highest court ruled against disenfranchisement based on "racial discrimination."
US sham elections happen time and again at the federal, state and local levels.
Powerful interests control things — the will of the people shut out.
Money-controlled secrecy and back room deals substitute for a free, fair and open process.
Americans get the best "democracy" money can buy.
Jimmy Carter earlier called the US election process "one of the (world's) worst…because of the excessive influx of money."
The system is debauched by design.
Candidates for high office are selected, not elected.
Presidential election 2020 was the most debauched in US history.
Decided by the grandest of grand theft, it was a coup d'etat selection, far removed from democracy as it should be.
Biden lost. Trump won. He returned to private life.
Loser Biden and his impersonator reside in the White House illegitimately.
The disturbing reality of Selection 2020 is dubiously called "democracy in action" — a fantasy version, clearly not the real thing.
A similar sham process applies throughout the West.
Russians get the real thing.
Legislation that prevents extremists and terrorists from corrupting the process strengthened it.
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