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An interesting article that illustrates the workings of the USSR regime well. I have a couple of questions:
You mention "electoral meetings" where officials would ask who was against the Soviet-backed candidate and people would be too frightened to stand up. What exactly were those? I can image they were some kind of primary election process or pre-election rally, but if they were part of the actual election, how does that relate to the areas where actual ballot boxes were used instead of this "electoral" method?
The election is said to be "rigged". To me, that word implies that the Soviets actually made up the results, instead of using massive amounts of intimidation to force people to vote for their candidates. I believe the results rather suggest the latter, but perhaps your sources are clearer on this.
I suggest you either source the assertion that the results show how effective the Soviets were in doing this or leave it out. I would actually find it surprising that only 90% of the people voted for the Soviet-backed candidates when the people who didn't were threatened with being deported to Siberia. Also, you mention earlier in the article that there was only one candidate per district, so were those 10% people who voted for other candidates or just "against all candidates".
What evidence for the elections being rigged?
There is no hard evidence that the elections were rigged or unfair in any way, except that "the Soviets are evil and thus they probably falsified them anyway". This article should be rewritten. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 05:16, 12 November 2012 (UTC)
Sure, everyone wanted to visit Siberia, for free.Xx236 (talk) 11:31, 14 March 2013 (UTC)