Germany: Russian nationals cast ballots in early presidential voting in Dresden

Dozens of Russian nationals living in Saxony cast their ballots in early voting for the upcoming Russian presidential election, in Dresden on Sunday. The polling station was set up at the city's German-Russian Cultural Institute, in order to give greater access to voters who cannot get to the embassy in Berlin or to consulates in the nearest large cities like Leipzig. It will operate only until... Еще 20.00 local time on Sunday. «The first polling station in Germany [to vote] for the presidential election in the Russian Federation has opened today in Dresden. There will be more early voting stations in different German cities to be operating on March 10 and 11. This step has been made in order to enable our citizens to cast their ballots in the places they live,» explained Russian Сonsul General in Leipzig Andrei Dronov. «I consider it my duty to participate in the [presidential] election. It might be just one vote, but it may become a decisive one,» said voter Olga. Besides Dresden, similar supplementary polling stations will operate on different days ahead of the election day in 12 other German cities: Baden-Baden, Wuerzburg, Hanover, Dusseldorf, Magdeburg, Nuremberg, Osnabruck, Rostock, Saarbruecken, Schwerin, Stuttgart and Erfurt. Under the current regulations, Russian nationals who plan to vote abroad don’t need to register for the voting in advance, but need to come to a polling station and present their passports. Earlier, the Russian Election Commission (CEC) announced that 400 polling stations in 145 countries were being prepared for Russian citizens living abroad, so they can participate in the upcoming presidential election. The presidential election in Russia is scheduled to take place on March 18.

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