Golos: Weekly Digest for the Week 20 - 26 May 2019

posted 2 Jun 2019, 12:06 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 2 Jun 2019, 12:10 ]
23 May 2019

Everything you need to know about elections for the past week

The Arrest of Roman Udot

Our colleague, a member of the Golos Board, has been placed under house arrest on a contrived accusation. He yelled at pseudo-journalists for the NTV network who were pursuing him, and criminal proceedings have been opened against him – for threat of murder, no less.

It is noteworthy that police officers came to court in civilian clothes. They came long before the hearing began, so that there simply wouldn’t be enough space for journalists and supporters of the rights activist in the chamber.

We are convinced that pressure on Roman is directly connected with his work exposing election fraud. Those behind this persecution are trying to frighten the entire observer community on the threshold of the elections.

We ask you not to stand aside but to actively support us.

And we will continue our work – in the coming weekend teams of volunteers will observe elections in Pskov and Tambov oblasts, and in the Altai and Krasnoyarsk krais. You can follow our chronicle of the day’s voting.


The process of run-around: how observers are wrangling with the prosecutor’s office and Central Elections Commission. What’s happening in the case of Azat Gabdulvaleev, who is trying to achieve a just inquiry into violations at 100 polling stations in 13 regions: Golos

1 Million Wasted in Ryazan: Who was supposed to monitor expenses? Golos

“Referendum! Referendum!” Reporting from Yekaterinburg, where a protest was held against the building of a church on the site of a small public garden: Molniya

Duma passes law on digital polling stations and a pilot programme of distance voting in Moscow: TASS

Law on electronic voting in the Moscow City Duma elections passed in Moscow: TASS

Our Bloggers

Laws on electronic voting have been passed and are expected to go into effect in near future. What can we expect in the Moscow City Duma elections in September, and what risks are there? Grigori Melkonyants describes seven key issues of proposed legislation.

Azat Gabdulvaleev, who continues to seek justice in the courts, couldn’t pass over one rare, honest polling station – he reports on a commission which could be an example for others.

Elections to the European Parliament are underway in the EU. Arkady Lyubarev reports on how they’re voting in Sweden.

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Translated by Mark Nukols