- Title: Unconventional polling stations rolled out for Russiaâ€™s constitutional vote
- Date: 26th June 2020
- Summary: PSKOV, RUSSIA (JUNE 26, 2020) (REUTERS) PEOPLE QUEUING UP TO VOTE IN BUS POLLING STATION POSTER READING (Russian): "RUSSIA-WIDE VOTE. JULY 1, 2020" OFFICIAL TAKING VOTER'S TEMPERATURE WOMAN IN BUS PEOPLE QUEUING OUTSIDE BUS DOG PEOPLE QUEUING TO VOTE STICKER READING (Russian): "KEEP A DISTANCE OF 2M" WOMAN PUTTING ON MASK AND ENTERING BUS CAR DRIVING ALONG ROAD BANNER READING (Russian): "1ST JULY OUR CONSTITUTION" VOTER GETTING TEMPERATURE CHECKED WOMAN IN BUS WOMAN AND CHILD WALKING PAST BUS GAZEBO BEING USED AS POLLING STATION CHALK ON PAVEMENT READING (Russian): "VOTING" BALLOT BOX VARIOUS OF PSKOV RESIDENT ALEXEY KATAYKIN ENTERING GAZEBO AND REGISTERING TO VOTE STICKER READING (Russian): "KEEP A DISTANCE OF 2M" KATAYKIN CASTING VOTE DISINFECTANT SPRAY AND MASKS ON TABLE. SIGN READING (Russian): "PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT" KATAYKIN CASTING VOTE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) PSKOV RESIDENT, ALEXEY KATAYKIN, SAYING: "I think that voting for such changes in the constitution is completely right. You can't put it off any longer and the issue should be solved quickly." VARIOUS OF POLLING STATION IN GAZEBO PAVLOVO, KALININGRAD REGION, RUSSIA (JUNE 26, 2020) (REUTERS) WOMAN GETTING TEMPERATURE CHECKED VARIOUS OF DISINFECTANT AND PAMPHLET ON CHANGES TO CONSTITUTION ON TABLE WOMAN REGISTERING TO VOTE SIGN ON TENT READING (Russian): "STATION 50" WOMAN CASTING VOTE VARIOUS OF TENT BEING USED AS A POLLING STATION
- Embargoed: 10th July 2020 15:15
- Keywords: Putin Russia Russian constitution consitutional vote polling stations
- Location: PSKOV AND PAVLOVO, RUSSIA
- City: PSKOV AND PAVLOVO, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001CK0BYO7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:The vote on changes to the Russian Constitution has seen a variety of unconventional polling stations rolled out all over the country, including buses, gazebos and tents.
Polling stations have also been seen in children's playgrounds, public benches, airports and train stations.
Russians began casting ballots on Thursday (June 24) in a vote that could clear the way for President Vladimir Putin to stay in the Kremlin until 2036 if re-elected, a process that critics say is a constitutional coup.
Opponents have complained about the safety of voting during the COVID-19 pandemic and about possible fraud, and have said the 67-year-old former KGB officer, who has ruled as president or prime minister since 1999, has been in power too long.
Russia has reported over 600,000 COVID-19 cases, and there are thousands of new infections daily, but authorities say the novel coronavirus is in retreat and that safety precautions are being taken for the vote.
(Production: Maria Vasilyeva, Vitaly Nevar)
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