Same with elections by the way. Everybody tells that 64% votes for Putin it's fake. No one cares about process of elections, web-cameras, opposition and observes. No one even cares about how many votes he should have if elections was "clear".
Well, many international observers
actually reported massive frauds.
Here are some reports:
- Hilary Clinton
, US Foreign Secretary: "At the same time (. . .) we expressed concerns that we thought were well-founded about the conduct of the elections
", "Russian voters deserve a full investigation of all credible reports of electoral fraud and manipulation, and we hope in particular that the Russian authorities will take action
- Alain Juppé
, France's Foreign Affairs Minister: "Elections were not exemplary, that's the less we can say
", "[the electoral campaign] was clearly biased
[in favor of Prime Minister Putin]"
- European Consil
's observers reported that Putin was given a clear advantage in access to the media. It says voters had a limited choice of candidates because of overly restrictive registration requirements. The OSCE also reports voting irregularities at one-third of the polling stations.
Here is a list of the OSCE's reported violations: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/observers-list-violations-putins-vote-15848925#.T2HTUBEf58E
As for the some Russian opponents
- Communist Party candidate Zyuganov
denounced the election as "illegitimate, unfair and not transparent
". But of course you may accuse this one of being too involved, I grant you that ...
- Former USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev
told the Interfax news agency that he doubts the results reflect the true will of Russians. He said the challenge now is to change the country's election system to make voting fair, and restore direct election for governors.
- Election Monitor Group GOLOS
said the elections were "neither free nor fair
So, yes, people do actually care about the process, that's why they even expressed doubt about it ...