Russian officials may block opposition leader Grigory Yavlinsky from being put on the ballot against incumbent Vladimir Putin, claiming “problems with his nomination petitions.” According to officials, approximately one quarter of Yavlinsky’s petition signatures were unacceptable. Denying Yavlinsky a spot on the ballot would further ensure that Putin remain in office, and is further proof of fradulent voting practices in Russia. In December, Russia held its parliamentary elections, in which Putin’s United Russia party won amidst claims of fraud. Last week, a judge in Russia threw out a complaint of vote fraud in the December elections. At least 21 other claims of vote fraud have also been thrown out by Russian judges. What’s a country like Russia to do to ensure fair elections when Putin and his party clearly have power over the courts and the legislature?