Golos: Main News of the Week: 27 November — 3 December

posted 2 Dec 2017, 06:30 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 2 Dec 2017, 06:42 ]

1 December 2017

Source: Golos


Golos on the Elections


Golos has studied the websites of regional electoral commissions and found that, in violation of the law, they do not allow citizens to contact them electronically. Continuing this issue, Golos coordinator Anton Sheinin asks why the Central Electoral Commission has not enabled a means of communication that is prescribed by law?


We have brought together everything we could find out about the referendums held in Tatarstan on 19 October in one substantial report.


In addition, Golos took part in a seminar of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE on the role of technology in elections.


Last Sunday elections were held in nine regions. In Yakutiya, United Russia lost in two elections, while a candidate from the LDPR was elected head of a village in Khakassia. For more details, see our weekly report.


Next Sunday, activists from Golos will travel to monitor elections in Rostov-on-Don and Altai region. We shall report all they see in an account of the day's voting.


Elections in the News


The Central Electoral Commission has presented its new logo for the presidential elections — Vedomosti. In his blog, Grigory Melkonyants, co-chair of Golos, explains why a small matter such as a logo should not be treated as a mere formality.

The State Council of Tatarstan has once and for all rejected the idea of a referendum on the introduction of direct elections for mayor. - Idel.Realii

Members of the public council of the Yaroslav Region Electoral Commission has supported a proposal by the opposition for a recount. - Regnum

The Constitutional Court has said the decision to restrict the participation of individuals with criminal records in elections is final - RIA Novosti

A criminal investigation in Verkhnyaya Pyshma into a lottery conducted on the day of the elections for governor in Sverdlovsk region has been closed. — Znak.com

The head of the Tatarstan Central Election Commission responds to election monitors who proposed steps to prevent fraud - Idel.Realii


The Kremlin has asked spoiler candidates not to take part in the elections — RBK

The Kremlin is using Russia’s Olympic ban in the election campaign — Dozhd

Russia has cut the number of monitors of the presidential elections - FederalPress

Central Electoral Commission: the company to promote the presidential elections on the Internet has been chosen — RBK

Our bloggers

Do you remember the anomalous early elections in Barnaul, which even caused the Central Electoral Commission concern? The Central Electoral Commission has not annulled the outcomes of the elections for the city assembly. Golos’ coordinator in Altai region, Anna Bochilo, tells how and why the judges in the region have rejected attempts to bring legal challenges over the election results.

Golos activist Tatyana Iurasova, who authored the Mytishchi-Gate investigation, has studied the experience of Bulgaria and reports how this country has managed to defeat the “carousel” form of electoral fraud.

A member of the board of Golos, Roman Udot, recalls the sad story from 2013 about “the most heroic voting district in Russia” whose heroes have remained unsung.