Golos: Main news of the week 23-29 September 2019

posted 1 Oct 2019, 11:15 by Translation Service   [ updated 1 Oct 2019, 12:11 by Rights in Russia ]
30 September 2019

Everything you need to know about last week’s elections

Aleksei Minyailo has been released, Roman Udot remains behind bars

Aleksei Minyailo, an experienced observer and one of the defendants in the "Moscow case", has been released from custody. All charges against him were dropped and the case was closed. Aleksei even went on hunger strike after Moscow City Duma candidate Lyubov Sobol was denied registration. He was accused of participating in the so-called “riots” in Moscow. Election observers have written an open letter in support of the human rights activist. Together, we helped free Aleksei.

However, the battle is not over. Others are still facing charges, such as our colleague, a member of the Golos council, Roman Udot, who has remained under house arrest for the past 9 months. The charges against him are equally absurd - allegedly threatening to murder NTV pseudo-journalists. The Moscow Regional Court once again rejected the defence appeal. The merits of the case will soon be reviewed. We need to get Roman out.

Elections in St. Petersburg

Violations were so widespread across St. Petersburg, that there is arguably no way to salvage the elections - Golos argues that the elections must be considered invalid. Following discussions, the Central Election Commission agrees with this position. However, Ella Pamfilova emphasized that only the court can solve this issue. The most important aspects of the situation can be read here.

Our Bloggers

Some candidates were illegally denied access to the scandalous Moscow City Duma elections while others were illegally permitted. Why was this? Boris Ovchinnikov discusses the reasoning behind this.

Voters in Moscow found themselves in a difficult situation, with some choosing to spoil their ballot. Boris Ovchinnikov discusses how such a strategy influenced the final result..

Voters are afraid of observers- we discovered this a long time ago. In fact, the presence of public controllers at polling stations leads to a cleaner result, as voters are often afraid to falsify. Vitaly Averin presents a new example from Tatarstan.

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Translated by James Lofthouse