(MOSCOW) — A massive new webcam network is poised to catch fraud at Sunday’s presidential election, but on the eve of the vote, the cameras already caught a couple making out and a few other Russians getting down on the dance floor.
The webcams were posted at polling centers, which are usually public halls and schools that moonlight as social centers. Most of the feeds show empty rooms, ready for voters to arrive in the morning, but Twitter is lighting up with people trading their favorite webcams that show people doing far more interesting things.
Among the sights Russians have seen while watching the webcams are a clothed couple kissing in the southern town of Stavropol and several more examples of fancy dancing from around the country.
Russian authorities reportedly spent somewhere between $400 million and $1 billion to install some 200,000 webcams at 95,000 polling centers across the country in an effort to prevent fraud. Critics suggest it won’t be enough, as the cameras won’t capture all the parts of the process where ballot stuffing could occur.
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