March 19, 2018
A young woman with a child сame up to another observer and me.
“Where do I get the piece paper I have to photograph the kid with and send to the kindergarten?” she asked.
She showed us a photo of another child. He was holding a piece of paper a bit larger than a business card. The Russian flag, an inscription reading something like “2018 Elections,” and so on were printed on the piece of paper.
“That’s miserable and disgusting,” said my fellow observer.
“What can I do about it? The kindergarten asked for it,” the woman replied. She went off to continue her search.
To be honest, I did not see members of our polling station’s election commission giving people anything of the sort. They only handed out ballot papers.
On the other hand, we had a whole flashmob of parents taking snapshots of their (kindergarten-age) children dropping ballots into the ballot box.
Thanks to George Losev for the heads-up. Translated by the Russian Reader. Photo courtesy of the Cheboksary Municipal Education Department