Putin critic Khodorkovsky warns of election rigging in Russia Sep 15, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaMoscow Shortly before parliamentary elections in Russia, outspoken critic of the Kremlin Mikhail Khodorkovsky has warned about the possibility of results being falsified.Neither opposition members nor independent observers would be allowed, both of which would be needed to make the September 17-19 vote a real election, said Khodorkovsky, who lives in exile in Britain.How the population really feels about the power apparatus will not become clear “because the results of the vote will be falsified,” the politician and former oil executive told radio station Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) on Monday.The scientific director of the independent polling institute Levada Centre, Lev Gudkov, complained that no opinion poll results have been allowed to be published.Khodorkovsky said he himself would not vote “because it is pointless.” The 58-year-old served many years in prison camps as an opponent of President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin leader “spits” on the Duma election, he said, adding that he did not care who won because parliament no longer had any power. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Biden tours wildfire ravaged areas during California trip Sep 15, 2021 0 0 British govt’s winter COVID plan welcomed as ‘sensible’ Sep 15, 2021 0 0 EU-wide survey finds respect for Merkel, fears for the future Sep 15, 2021 0 0 Biden to address UN General Assembly for first time as president Washington Joe Biden will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week for first the time as US president. Biden will travel to New York on Tuesday next week to speak at the assembly’s General Debate, .. Boris Johnson’s mother dies aged 79 London British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is mourning the loss of his mother after she died aged 79. Charlotte Johnson Wahl, a painter, died “suddenly and peacefully” at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, on Monday .. Macron wants curbs on police power dpa Paris Following recurring reports of excessive police violence in France, President Emmanuel Macron has announced stronger checks on the powers of police officers. A supervisory body is to be created at .. Children full of anxiety over environment, says international study London The majority of young people are filled with anxiety over climate change, a study which quizzed thousands of youngsters from around the world suggests. A study based on surveys of 10,000 children and young people .. World should not link humanitarian aid to politics, says Taliban Islamabad The Taliban government in Afghanistan on Tuesday thanked the international community for pledging over a billion dollars in humanitarian aid to the suffering population. But while speaking in a press ..