Putin critic Navalny slams vote result as "a huge lie"
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Russian opposition figure and prominent Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny dismissed the official results of the vote on constitutional amendments as “a huge lie.”
“Right now a huge number of people are frustrated by the result. I voted ‘no,' everyone around voted ‘no,' and the result is a solid 'yes,'” Navalny wrote in a blogpost.
"The ‘results’ they just announced are fake and a huge lie, this has nothing to do with the opinion of Russian citizens.
"Putin lost this 'vote' before it began. After all, he refused to hold a real referendum in accordance with all the rules and with observers present. Because he understood: if there are rules -- he will lose. He can only win where he draws numbers,” Navalny added.
Independent organizations have cast doubt on the numbers and the referendum drew criticism from monitoring groups for lack of regulation.
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