Golos: Weekly News Digest 27 May - 2 June 2019

posted 9 Jun 2019, 02:03 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 9 Jun 2019, 10:29 ]
2 June 2019

Everything you need to know about last week’s elections

Appealing the arrest of Roman Udot

On the 4th of June, the Moscow City Court will consider the appeal of Golos member, Roman Udot. As a result of the absurd accusations against him, the human rights defender was put under house arrest until June 16th and was forbidden to communicate with anyone except close relatives. The Memorial Human Rights Centre considers Roman to be a political prisoner.

We ask that journalists, electoral observers and anyone else concerned to come and support Roman! Last time, the hall was occupied by plain-clothes police officers, which further demonstrates the political nature Roman’s arrest.

The meeting is set to take place in the Moscow City Court at 11 o'clock on June 4th. If the scheduled time changes, we will let you know.

What do we know about online voting

This week, a community group at the Moscow Department of Information Technology discussed the upcoming electronic voting experiment in the Moscow City Duma elections. It seems that the idea is beginning to come together. Gregory Melkonyants, co-chairman of Golos, attended the meeting and has shared the most important parts of the discussion here.

The idea of online voting has continued to raise many questions and concerns from experts. Oleg Reut is convinced that it will be a new step towards a digital dictatorship. You can read his thoughts on the matter here.



Citizens permitted to vote in regional elections at their place of temporary residence- Parlamentskaya gazeta

One year later, a case of document fraud has been brought to the observers of the presidential election - OVD-Info

Teachers forced to participate in the "United Russia" primaries in Tomsk region- Siberia. Realia

“United Russia” primaries for Irkutsk Duma elections canceled in 12 districts - babr24.com


Our bloggers

The most important elections of the year took place throughout the EU, to vote for members of the European Parliament. Golos experts observed the voting in different countries and have shared their impressions:



Last Sunday, Golos representatives were sent to elections in four regions, including in the Tambov Region, where by-elections to the regional Duma were taking place. Observers shared their stories from the polling stations: Vladimir Zhilkin reports that there were potential cases of ballot-stuffing, and Leonid Yarygin tells us about how the administration was expelled from the polling station.

And finally, an essay from Stanislav Shevchenko: “United Russia” loses again.’ Featuring information about the elections in the Altai region, as well as some beautiful photos.

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Translated by James Lofthouse