Election Observers in One Region: An Outline of an Analysis

Alexander Fudin


This article discusses some preliminary conclusions after interviewing people who took part in the last presidential election as observers in one region of the Russian Federation. It shows how differently constructed social/geographic spaces from the capital to province and within one region influence observers’ varied experiences. Analysis of these differences is focused on three stages of the observers’ work: 1) preparation and choice of an electoral district prior to elections; 2) events on election day; and 3) self-reflections of observers and postelection plans. In Russian.


Russia; Political Elections; Election Monitoring; Observers

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