Golos: Main News of the Week, 19 - 25 August 2019

posted 2 Sep 2019, 04:49 by Translation Service   [ updated 2 Sep 2019, 04:57 ]
25 August 2019

Everything you need to know about last week’s elections

Getting ready for the elections

There are only 2 weeks left until the big elections, which are set to take place across Russia on a single day in September. If you want to work on the website or monitor the elections online via webcam, fill out our form. Our coordinators will contact you to help with the training and documents.

You can also register to be an observer in the suburbs - in Mytishchi or Ramenskoye.

We launched a fundraising campaign to prepare as many observers as possible and provide them with help on election day, as well as to organise a call centre and a hotline. We have already received support from more than 15 experts, including Ekaterina Shulman, Sergey Smirnov and Mitya Aleshkovsky.

Candidates in St. Petersburg

As a result of the election crisis in Moscow, the situation in St. Petersburg has fallen by the wayside. There is a similar arbitrary failure to admit independent candidates by the Electoral Commission. Details can be found in this analytical report.

Alarmed by this state of affairs, St. Petersburg Ombudsman Alexander Shishlov turned to the head of the Central Election Commission, Ella Pamfilova. Grigory Melkonyants highlights the most important points in this letter.


A petition demanding the return of the electoral deposit has gained 35 thousand signatures- Golos

Independent candidates forbidden in Krasnoyarsk City Council elections- Golos

More than 200 Muscovites have signed a petition supporting the nomination of Elena Rusakova to the Moscow City Duma, in defiance of the Electoral Commission- Kommersant

Teachers union calls on educators not to work in election commissions in the Moscow City Duma - Znak.com

The Moscow City Duma proposed a consolidation of candidates’ obligation to collect signatures- ‘Moscow’ agency

Our Bloggers

An incredible story from the suburbs, where the candidate (according to the Electoral Commission) spoiled his own signatures in order to be refused registration. You can see Artem Petukhov’s ruined signature sheets for yourself in a blog from Inna Karezina, the coordinator of the Moscow region.

In theory, observers cannot be removed from a site without a court order. In practice, however, it is a different story. Azat Gabdulvaleev recounts the stories of public controllers who were removed from the polls in Tatarstan during the presidential election, showing that the problem has not been resolved.

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Translated by James Lofthouse