Support The Moscow Times!

Presidential Elections or Carnival? It's All the Same to Russia's Omsk

Russians on Sunday headed to the polls to cast their votes in presidential elections. With Vladimir Putin practically guaranteed to win, the Kremlin pulled out all the stops to secure a high turnout.

Throughout the country, there were markets, large spreads of food and other festive events to lure voters to the polls. But nowhere did the carnival-like atmosphere match the Siberian city of Omsk, where 29 lucky winners were promised an iPhone for the most "creative selfie" from a polling station.

We'll leave it up to you to decide whether it was a success.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BgdodeUFbNq/?tagged=%D1%8F%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%B2%D1%8B%D0%B1%D0%BE%D1%80%D1%8B55
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgdE1nvhBuV/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_profile_upsell_control
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgdZf7TgsD8/?tagged=%D1%8F%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%B2%D1%8B%D0%B1%D0%BE%D1%80%D1%8B55
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgdW0j3A8y6/?tagged=%D1%8F%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%B2%D1%8B%D0%B1%D0%BE%D1%80%D1%8B55
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgdRqVegFbl/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_profile_upsell_control
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgdJS33ALAE/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_profile_upsell_control
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgcuzEfAVov/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_profile_upsell_control
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgdIZ6CASJS/?tagged=%D1%8F%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%B2%D1%8B%D0%B1%D0%BE%D1%80%D1%8B55
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bgcu2qygGSu/?tagged=%D1%8F%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%B2%D1%8B%D0%B1%D0%BE%D1%80%D1%8B55
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgdrSFQATAp/?tagged=%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B0%D1%8755
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgdofO7AiX5/?tagged=%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B0%D1%8755
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bgdn5ypAtTs/?tagged=%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B0%D1%8755
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgdOejcAjZv/?tagged=%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B0%D1%8755
https://www.instagram.com/p/BgdMusBFuNl/?tagged=%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B0%D1%8755
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bgc0hNjgqmN/?tagged=%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B0%D1%8755

Read more

The need for honest and objective information on Russia is more relevant now than ever before!

To keep our newsroom in Moscow running, we need your support.