Moscow Politics – level 1
Some cities have councillors. They are the bosses of the city. Right now, all Moscow councillors are pro-Kremlin. However, there is going to be an election in September.
To become a councillor, people must vote for you. They can vote for you if you are on the ballots. To get on the ballots, you need the signatures of enough people.
People want to become councillors. They give the authorities the signatures. The authorities look at the signatures. They say if they are real. They say that some signatures are not real.
Other people say that the signatures are real. However, the authorities do not want some people to become councillors. That is because they are not pro-Kremlin.
The situation leads to protests. Around 22,000 people come to one of the protests. The authorities say that the protests are not legal. The police arrest more than 1,000 people.
Difficult words: election (the time when people choose their leaders), ballot (a piece of paper where you choose the leader that you want), signature (when somebody writes down their name), authorities (the people in power).
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