Elections in Russia Also Held in Vienna: Between Protest and Farce

PeopleOther ♦ Published: March 18, 2024; 14:17 ♦ (Vindobona)

In Vienna, there were unusually long queues outside the Russian embassy as numerous young Russians lined up, sometimes for hours, to take part in the presidential election. However, their efforts were in vain as Vladimir Putin secured the elections in Russia, which were deemed neither fair nor honest internationally.

Russia's presidential election is over, and Vladimir Putin is the expected winner, state television announced immediately after polls closed. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / www.kremlin.ru - The President of the Russian Federation [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

This phenomenon, which took place all over Europe in front of Russian embassies, as reported by ORF, was primarily aimed at protest. The protest action "At noon against Putin" was interpreted by observers as a clear sign of protest against long-serving Russian President Vladimir Putin. At times, the queue of people…