Golos: Main News of the Week 21-28 July 2019

posted 29 Jul 2019, 12:08 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 Jul 2019, 12:20 ]
28 July 2019

Everything you need to know about the elections for the past week

Moscow: the battle over independent candidates continues

Independent candidates in the elections to the Moscow City Duma have failed to defend their nominations. The Moscow City Election Commission refused to address their complaints about the refusal to register candidates. The investigative committee opened a case because of protest action at the Moscow City Election Commission, some protesters were searched - you probably know the details from the news.

If you have any doubt as to the validity of candidates’ claims over the quality of the verification procedure to which the signatures submitted for registration were subjected, read Arkady Lyubarev’s detailed study. He managed to obtain thirteen records of the signature verification results of opposition candidates: of these, three were registered and ten were refused registration.

Arkady Efimovich has also analysed the origins of the crisis which has now arisen in Moscow, and why the situation has reached a dead end.

Other news from the Moscow elections is related to remote voting, was tried out for the first time in autumn last year. Grigorii Melkonyants spoke about the result of the second testing of the system – this time the question of what to do about stray animals in Moscow was put to the vote.

Primorsky Region: what we know about the gubernatorial elections a year on

It is now safe to say that the results of the first round of elections in the Primorsky Region were brazenly falsified. How was this done? Programmer Ivan Shushkin carried out a major investigation.. You can read the whole thing at habr.com, or in simple language at Novaya Gazeta. For the Golos website, Ivan prepared a short version with conclusions, and questions he addressed to the Central Electoral Commission and the Primorsky Region Election Commission.


  • The investigative committee has opened a case regarding an illegal rally at the Moscow Election Commission - TASS

  • The Moscow Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation into fifteen candidates in the election, after they appealed for a rally at City Hall – Meduza

  • The Moscow City Election Commission is to appeal to the Investigative Committee of Russia over the disruption of a commission meeting by Lyubov Sobol – Novaya Gazeta.

  • Lyubov Sobol was carried out of the Moscow City Election Commission onto the street on a sofa – Radio Freedom

  • Why applying the 141st article of the Criminal Code, regarding pressure on the election commission, in the Moscow elections sets a very dangerous precedent. Grigorii Melkonyants of Golos explains –  Radio Freedom

Translated by Anna Bowles