Golos: News Digest for the Week April 29th - May 5th 2019

posted 12 May 2019, 12:45 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 12 May 2019, 12:47 ]
5 May 2019

Everything you need to know about last week’s elections


Fair election demonstrations forcibly dispersed in St. Petersburg.

We have been forced once again to highlight the events in St. Petersburg. On May 1st, police forcefully dispersed a lawfully organised demonstration in support of fair elections, detaining 65 people. To repeat an obvious truth: intimidating citizens in the run up to major elections is unacceptable! You can read our statement here.

900 thousand rubles unaccounted for in Ryazan.

According to the Central Election Commission (CEC), the Ryazan Electoral Commission misappropriated more than 900 thousand rubles in a case of potential embezzlement. The money will be returned, but what will happen to the members of the commission who were responsible? Golos experts have given their thoughts on the situation.

Online voting will soon be a reality.

In 17 weeks’ time, one will be able to vote online in Moscow. “i-Voting” will be trialled in the capital as part of the City Duma elections. What else do we know about this? Virtually nothing. Our expert Oleg Reut describes the specifics and the inevitability of this new system. 


The Moscow City Duma supports the election of deputies via the Internet. How will this take place? - Meduza.

So-called “Chechen results” at the elections in the Anninsky district disappeared following the arrival of independent observers - Voronezh Notebook.

The St. Petersburg Electoral Commission is set to buy 180 computers to help establish polling stations near the region’s dachas - Fontanka. 

Our bloggers

Solnyshko and other administrative stars: how did they effect the elections with the help of promotional cards? A large team of independent public watchdogs were operating in Solnechnogorsk, near Moscow. Tatyana Yurasova, their mission coordinator, compiled the information they gathered.

Few places in Russia have been seen to falsify election results as much as the Kemerovo region. In the city of Leninsk-Kuznetsky, local activists observed the local elections. What were the results? Read their report here.

Independent international observers attended the current presidential elections in North Macedonia, comparing what they saw with the elections in Russia. Here are two reports, with two points of view:

·         Kirill Nikolenko: Elections in North Macedonia: the pros and cons of the electoral system;

·         Lyudmila Kuzmina: Presidential elections in Northern Macedonia: a Russian international observer’s perspective.

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Translated by James Lofthouse