Russia

Russia Has the Most Boring Election of 2016

The new parliament that will be seated in September will bring no new faces. Exactly as Russians wish.

Groundhog day.

Photographer: Aleksey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images

The thrilling spectacles offered by the U.S. presidential election, the U.K. referendum on leaving the European Union and even Austria's cliffhanger presidential vote have overshadowed an election campaign in Russia, which will get a new parliament on Sept. 18. That's because, even though they have all the the trappings of democracy, the Russian elections are mostly theater, whose actors are shadows from the country's brief experiment with competitive politics.

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