Golos: Main news for the week 29 July – 4 August 2019

posted 5 Aug 2019, 21:51 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 5 Aug 2019, 21:53 ]
4 August 2019

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


Moscow: refusals and arrests

“The City Hall List” was a real thing, and the Moscow authorities began to promote their candidates in the Moscow City Duma elections long before the start of the election campaign. Our experts discovered this after analysing references to candidates in district newspapers. Read our extensive reportwith illustrative graphs.

This week the working group at the Central Election Commission began to consider refusals to register independent candidates for election to the Moscow City Duma. A decision will be made after a meeting, but so far the working group has recommended refusing unregistered candidates Konstantin Lisits and Yulia Serebryanskaya. Grigory Melkonyants explains how the work of such groups is arranged.

Meanwhile law enforcement agencies have opened a case concerning riots at protests on 27 July, which broke out in response to the refusals to register opposition candidates. A court has ordered four defendants to be detained for two months: they include our colleague Alexei Minyailo, a member of the SONAR movement of volunteer election monitors. Alexei himself claims that he was in court on 27 July and attended the rally towards the end of the day – at which point he was detained.

News about Roman Udot

The Moscow Regional Court agreed with Khimki City and dismissed the appeal made by the defence in the case of Roman Udot. Roman, a board member at Golos, is still forbidden to leave his flat at night, and to use the internet or telephone. He still cannot fully join our team.

It is notable that last time the Moscow Regional Court mitigated the restrictions placed on Roman Udot. However, this time the appeal was considered by a different judge.

Additionally, Roman was given a compulsory psychiatric examination. The results will be known in a month’s time.


  • Golos has launched a hotline relating to the 8 September elections – Golos
  • Pamfilova: In all cases of ambiguity, the candidates will be given the benefit of the doubt – Golos
  • How observation influences the results of a vote: the example of the Kemerevo Region – Golos
  • Residents of Transbaikalia are complaining about the illegal registration of the governor in the elections – Siberia. Realia

Translated by Anna Bowles