Russian Students Paid to Rally in Occupied Ukraine for "Elections"

Written by Camilla Jessen

Feb.28 - 2024 2:51 PM CET

People: Oleg Elkov /
People: Oleg Elkov /
Russia is recruiting university students with scholarships to attend staged rallies in Ukraine's occupied territories, aiming to fabricate widespread support for Putin in the upcoming "elections."

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Russia is recruiting its university students with offers of scholarships to travel to Ukraine's occupied territories. Their mission is to simulate widespread support during Putin's "elections," aiming to create a facade of popular backing.

The Center of National Resistance reports that based on past experiences of largely ignored "referendums" and "local elections," Russia plans to significantly falsify voter turnout this time around.

The Kremlin's strategy involves achieving a 75% turnout, with 80% of votes expected to favor Putin. To fabricate this level of support, "volunteers" are being brought into these regions to attend rallies.

The Center of National Resistance highlights that Russian university students are being lured with scholarship payments if they agree to these "business trips," which also promise additional compensation.

It was also revealed that Russia is deploying militants to Ukraine's occupied territories to stage Putin's "elections," with around 10,000 Russian Guardsmen sent for this purpose.

Regarding the Russian presidential elections set for March 15-17, 2024, Putin has declared his intention to run for re-election, potentially extending his rule until 2030. His spokesperson, Dmytro Peskov, confidently stated that Putin would secure a 90% victory.

In a recent development, Boris Nadezhdin, previously viewed as Putin's "main competitor," was denied registration as a candidate in these elections.

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