Russia's President Vladimir Putin has been accused of ordering the poisoning of dissidents, the murder of journalists and the imprisonment and killing of political opponents. And now his United Russia party has been accused of -- gasp! -- bothering people with political campaign phone calls.
According to a Newsweek story referencing a report in Russian paper Kommersant, the party has been calling Moscow residents to persuade them to support United Russia in the legislative elections to be held in September, "since we can all agree that our President Vladimir Putin does everything to strengthen our government's standing in the world and works for the good of the country."
But, just like here in the U.S., people are not thrilled with getting calls from a political campaign. Some are complaining that the party obtained their phone numbers illegally. In fact, Golos, a think tank that monitors Russian elections, claims that the phone calls amount to a privacy breach of data intended for use only for administrative purposes.
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