Golos: Main News of the Week 1 - 7 July 2019

posted 8 Jul 2019, 11:00 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 9 Jul 2019, 12:52 ]
7 July 2019

Everything you need to know about the elections last week

Marathon in Support of Roman Udot

Our colleague was under house arrest for over a month and we don’t want him to be forgotten. Why are the authorities persecuting him? We his colleagues explain the main investigations.

Golos’ support of Roman Udot on our site and on social media.

Moscow and St Petersburg: the Struggle over Signatures

The period for collecting signatures in support of the nomination of candidates is coming to an end. Next comes the verification.  However, journalists will not be able to participate, explained the Moscow City Election Commission in response to Golos’ proposal to make the process more open. We regret that the MCEC took this decision, which does not aid transparency. However, Vasily Vaysenberg managed to attend the checking of signatures for Svetlana Animisova, the candidate from Communist Russia. Our working group produced a report.

In St Petersburg, where there were violations with the admission of candidates to the municipal elections, the situation is getting better, according to the Central Election Commission. At least the commission does not see grounds for going to court to cancel the elections in parts of some districts.

However, the city was visited by a delegation from the Central Election Commission, and after its departure the ugliness continued. We will see what happens at registration stage.


The courts have legalised personal “serfdom” for 82-year-old veteran Valentin Denisenko. Read about the continuation of his struggle against forced labour here.

Golos' co-ordinator in the Primorsky region has been sued. Golos report.

Opposition candidates have been removed from the municipal elections in St Petersburg. Report from Znak.com.

Our Bloggers

What do Muscovites think about the upcoming elections to the city parliament? Sociologists from the All-Russia Centre for the Study of Public Opinion looked into this. However, the data is usually incorrectly interpreted in the media, according to Golos expert Vitaly Averin. He looked at the original sources and offered his own interpretation.

Last Sunday, a team of independent public overseers worked on the elections in Serpukhov, near Moscow. Deputy Nikolai Dizhur of the Chekhov region shared his impressions.

Remember the reports about a French farmer who decided to farm in the Voronezh region? Vladislav Khodakovsky decided to find out how people live there, and observe how they vote. Read his excellent report here.

Translated by Anna Bowles