Russia’s Putin, eyeing election next year, pledges to prosecute vote violations

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The head of Russia’s central election commission urged President Vladimir Putin on Monday to ensure all investigations into election violations detected in Russia last month were completed, and the Kremlin leader promised to do so.

Russia voted in local elections in many regions on Sept. 10 in what was widely seen as a dress rehearsal for next year’s presidential vote, with Kremlin-backed candidates for regional parliaments and governorships performing strongly.

Source: Russia’s Putin, eyeing election next year, pledges to prosecute vote violations

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