Putin’s Election Grip Is So Tight Even His Nemesis Can Take Part

  • Ex-billionaire says 18 out of his 19 candidates cleared to run
  • Ruling United Russia party slated to win comfortable majority

Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Photographer: Gianluca Colla/Bloomberg

The last time Vladimir Putin’s political party won national elections, ballot-stuffing allegations sparked the biggest protests of his rule.

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