Golos: Main News of the Week 25 November - 1 December 2019

posted 2 Dec 2019, 11:39 by Translation Service   [ updated 8 Dec 2019, 13:01 ]
30 December 2019

Everything you need to know about elections for the past week

Correctional labour for human rights activist
A magistrates' court in Khimki has sentenced Roman Udot to 320 hours of correctional labour. He was found guilty of threatening to murder some NTV reporters who by chance ended up in Sheremetyevo Airport in the middle of the night and while they were there decided to taunt him, thus infuriating him. The court was not bothered by the multiple inconsistencies in the case and the forgery of evidence referred to by the defence.

Together to free elections!
How do we create an institution of elections that we trust? How to hold genuinely fair elections? We think about these questions every day. And we've had some ideas! We will talk about them at the All-Russian Civil Forum – please come.

Also, if you have any suggestions, fill in the form. We will study and discuss them all attentively. In such conditions we could not stand aside, and made a statement in support of human rights organisations in Russia – we explain what you can do to help. Every one of us.

Recently human rights activists have been struggling, and the authorities continue their assault on civil society. In these conditions we could not stand aside and we have 
issued a statement in support of human rights organisations in Russia. We explain what you can do to help. Each one of us. 

How the Central Election Commission was ‘excommunicated’ from the courts in the elections in St Petersburg – Golos

A court upheld the lawfulness of a search of Mikhail Tikhonov, the coordinator of Golos in Tatarstan – Golos

The Federal Service for the Oversight of Communications, Information Technology and Communications has published a list of fake news resources – Novaya gazeta

Our bloggers
Last Sunday we observed the elections in the Kemerovo and Voronezh regions, and also monitored referenda in Tatarstan. It was very interesting: read our account.

In Tatarstan we got an entirely predictable result – none of the three referenda which were going to be observed took place. But in places where there were no independent observers, the inhabitants decided to kindly ‘chip in’ (Translator’s note – the referenda concerned voluntary donations to state projects). Here’s a report by Maria Zakharova from the village of Vysokaya Gora.

In the Voronezh region the chief of Bratkov (as the village is called) has been elected. Vladislav Khodakovsky worked there. In his sketches you will learn not only about the elections, but about the life of local people and the particular features of this region.

On Monday you can read how the elections in the Kemerovo region and for the Council of Deputies in the city of Topka turned out.

Translated by Anna Bowles