On October 14th, small Moscow satellite town Khimki was electing Mayor. One could hope for a fair election, but the recent electoral experiences were not in favor of such hope. Since the Parliament Elections back in December 2011, the name of Churov has become a synonym of electoral fraud. Vladimir Churov is the Head of the Central Election Committee. After he has certified the election results despite multiple violations, Putin has met with him and told him, that "some party leaders consider you a sorcerer". The nickname "sorcerer" has stuck to Churov and he is also associated in the internet community with a number of 146%, because during the vote count in December 2011, a TV program has reported the total number of votes in the Rostov region as 146%. Let's follow the Politvestnik crew to Khimki to find out, what practices were used to make sure that the candidate from authorities was popular among voters, who was behind denying free choice to the Khimki residents and whether we need such "elections" at all.
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