Putin also said he liked the new electronic ballot box. "I think it is working effectively," he said. In his words, electronic ballot boxes ensure a quicker calculation of votes. When answering a RIA question if free elections have become customary in Russia compared to the past, Putin said: "As for the past, we still have problems rooted there. There has always been a deep rift between the people, the general public and the authorities." It takes years for the feeling of involvement to grow, thinks the president.