Moscow Politics – level 2

06-08-2019 07:00

Every Moscow councillor is now pro-Kremlin, but there is going to be an election this September. Candidates have to collect enough signatures if they want to be on the ballot.

Authorities ban some candidates because they do not have enough valid signatures. On the other hand, the opposition politicians say that the signatures are valid. They say that they are being blocked because they are not pro-Kremlin.

This month, the situation gave rise to a series of protests. Around 22,000 people come to one of the protests. Authorities say that the protests are illegal. They arrest more than 1,000 people. Some of them are the opposition politicians.

Difficult words: councillor (a ‘boss’ of a city), election (the time when people choose their leaders), ballot (a piece of paper where you choose who you are voting for), authorities (the people in power), valid (real, legal).

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