Russian opposition extends online voting deadline after cyberattack

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Russian opposition groups have extended their online election for new leadership because a cyberattack knocked voting sites offline over the weekend.

“Voting will continue until 8 p.m. Moscow time” on Monday, Dennis Yudin of the Central Elections Commission told quasi-official Iranian Press TV.

He said the organizers want to make sure everyone has a chance to vote.

The online election will choose a 45-member Coordinating Committee in an effort by the fractious opposition to unify its three warring political elements: leftists, liberals and nationalists.

More than 200,000 Russians who registered to vote can participate online or in person at special Internet balloting places set up by activists.

For much of the weekend, the voting website was inaccessible because of a cyberattack by unknown assailants.

“Oh how they do love to fear elections,” opposition leader Alexei Navalny posted on the instant messaging website Twitter, apparently in a dig at President Vladimir Putin’s government.

Others were less circumspect in blaming the Kremlin.

“There’s no doubt that the special services are standing behind this attack,” opposition leader Garry Kasparov, a former world chess champion and a candidate in the online election, told reporters Sunday.

• This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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Shaun Waterman is an award-winning reporter for The Washington Times, covering foreign affairs, defense and cybersecurity. He was a senior editor and correspondent for United Press International for nearly a decade, and has covered the Department of Homeland Security since 2003. His reporting on the Sept. 11 Commission and the tortuous process by which some of its recommendations finally became ...

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