Russian voters color outside the lines

The blog English Russia has a fantastic collection of creatively filled-out ballots from the recent Russian presidential election. The ballot above is a vote for Vladimir Putin’s dog Koni. Variations on the essentially untranslatable “Preved Medved” Internet meme were quite popular. Adolf Hitler and Chuck Norris picked up some write-in votes as well.

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
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The blog English Russia has a fantastic collection of creatively filled-out ballots from the recent Russian presidential election. The ballot above is a vote for Vladimir Putin's dog Koni. Variations on the essentially untranslatable "Preved Medved" Internet meme were quite popular. Adolf Hitler and Chuck Norris picked up some write-in votes as well.

The blog English Russia has a fantastic collection of creatively filled-out ballots from the recent Russian presidential election. The ballot above is a vote for Vladimir Putin’s dog Koni. Variations on the essentially untranslatable “Preved Medved” Internet meme were quite popular. Adolf Hitler and Chuck Norris picked up some write-in votes as well.

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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