Golos: Main news of the week 28 October - 3 November 2019

posted 6 Nov 2019, 13:41 by Translation Service   [ updated 6 Nov 2019, 13:49 ]
2 November 2019

Everything you need to know about last week’s elections

All the vote riggers of Korolyova

Well, perhaps not all of them, but some of the names are known to us. After the investigation by our coordinators, published in Novaya gazeta, we have made public the full correspondence from one of the vote riggers' online chats. This correspondence was coordinating the actions of members of the election commissions, the Central Election Commission, and the administration of the Moscow region city at the 8 September elections. Elections, incidentally, in which United Russia won a convincing victory – see for yourself how that came about.

We explain who figures in this chat and why what they discuss is illegal. It is now up to Moscow Region Election Commission and the law enforcement agencies to take the next steps. Grigory Melkonyants has explained how the investigation is proceeding and what happened after the publication of the article in Novaya gazeta.

The dying villages of Vesegonsk

A wine factory, a half forgotten railway line, empty villages and fresh water crayfish. On 20 October, more than 40 election monitors travelled to Vesegonsk, a small town on the border of Tver and Vologda regions. They wrote up an elegant and melancholy report on how people there are living and voting. Golos' coordinator in Tver region, Artem Vazhenkov,  has described in detail about how election procedures were observed.

From the Press

The Supreme Court has closed down the human rights NGO For Human Rights, led by Lev Ponomarev - Novaya gazeta

The Council of Europe has recommended that Russia do away with the so-called 'municipal filter,' a procedure whereby candidates for the post of regional governor must gather the signatures of a given number of members of local councils in their support. The Ministry of Justice disagrees on the grounds that the ‘filter’ stimulates competition.— Fontanka

Our bloggers

Denis Shadrin has seen a live vote rigger in the dock. He has long been working on the issue of punishments given to those who steal our votes, but it was a rare piece of luck to actually be able to attend such a trial. Denis has told in detail how this came about.

Local elections in a small village where the candidates were certain everyone knew them, but the voters did not even know what day the election was to be held. A typical story in the report by Stanislav Shevchenko from Altai region.

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Translated by Simon Cosgrove