Russian citizen journalists alive with stories on the Russian election process.

You don’t need to speak Russia or read the Cyrillic alphabet in order to understand this cartoon aired at the election process, the United Russia party, and at President Dmitry Medvedev.

Reuters reported yesterday that Olga Lazareva, a communist working as a polling station official in Russia’s parliamentary election, woke a few hours before the polls opened to find her apartment door had been glued shut in order to delay her arrival at her voting station in Tula, Russia. Relatives came to help open her door.

Nor was Ms. Lazareva the only poll observer to have been delayed and she and others speculate that a series of dirty tricks was used to stuff ballot boxes and change the vote.

Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, whose party came second with nearly 20 percent of the vote, told Reuters that it was the dirtiest election since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.