In addition to being a pompous, power-hungry president rooted in last-century politics, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has been caught lying through his teeth. That, or some mischievous hacker gained access to one of his official websites.
Paul Roderick Gregory over at Fortune posted this story yesterday:
You’ll recall there was an election in March to decide whether Crimea should be annexed by Russia. The Kremlin dutifully reported an 83% turnout, with 97% voting for annexation, and 82% of Crimeans voting for annexation.
However, posted on the President of Russia’s Council on Civil Society and Human Rights website and since taken down was a report saying the turnout was 30%, with 50% of Russians voting for annexation, and only 15% of Crimeans voting for annexation.