Russians in Northern Norway voted for Putin

By - March 18, 2024 The Independent Barents Observer
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There were no long lines of Russians eager to cast their votes on election day in Kirkenes, the small Norwegian town located only few kilometers from Russia. And the lion’s share of the few people that showed up at the local Russian General Consulate appears to have voted in line with Kremlin propaganda — for incumbent ruler Vladimir Putin.

Official results of voting in Kirkenes shows a clear 74,5% win of Putin

Figures that were issued by the Russian Central Election Commission on Monday morning show that 74,51 percent of local votes were for Putin.

Only 102 votes were cast, of which 76 were for Putin and 12 (11,76%) for Vladislav Davankov. Ten votes were declared invalid.

A big number of the voters were elderly women. One of them told the Barents Observer that she is confident that everything will be better with Putin.

«I voted for Putin and for Russia. I want Russians to live good. Everything is getting better. Everything is changing for the better, the politics, the economy, the people,» the woman that lives in Norway told the Barents Observer.

 

Video by Liza Vereykina, the Barents Observer

 

The General Consulate in Kirkenes was one of three places in Norway where Russians could vote in Sunday’s disputed elections. The other places were Oslo and Barentsburg.

Official results of voting in Barentsburg, Svalbard, show a 69 percent win of Vladimir Putin

In the latter place, the number of cast votes reached 216, of which 150 (69,44%) were for Vladimir Putin, 31 (14,35%) for Vladislav Davankov and 11 (5,09%) for Nikolai Kharitonov. The number of votes declared invalid was 17.

In a statement, the Russian General Consulate in Barentsburg confirms that more than half all local Russians in the archipelago had participated in the vote.

“Together we are strong — we vote for our future, we vote for Russia!” the statement reads.

 

Ildar Neverov, Head of Russian state-owned company Trust Arktikugol, votes at the General Consulate in Barentsburg, Svalbard. Photo: General Consulate in Barentsburg on Telegram

 

Figures from Oslo show a far lower support for Putin. But he still got 39,86 percent of the votes, a narrow win ahead of Davankov (36,83%). A total of 859 votes were registered, of which 172 were declared invalid.

In Oslo, Putin won with 39 percent of the votes, according to Russia’s Central Election Commission

The results from Norway show a higher level of support for Vladimir Putin than in many other European countries.

In cities like Warsaw, Prague and the Haag, Putin got less than 20 percent of the votes, according to figures presented by Telegram channel Kovcheg.

The Russian vote was subjected to massive rigging and fraud, and their legitimacy is strongly disputed. In a statement, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide underlined that “the so-called election in Russia was neither free nor fair.

“It was not not an election the way we know from democracies,” he said.

Also the official results presented by the Russian Central Election Commission are disputed, including figures from the polling stations outside of Russia.

Symptomatically, exit polls conducted across Europe by activist project Voteabroad in many cases showed far lower support for Putin than the ultimate official results from the Election Commission.