Team 29: The Dirtiest Elections

posted 23 Sep 2019, 12:51 by Translation Service   [ updated 23 Sep 2019, 12:54 ]

22 September 2019

Hi, this is Kolia Ovchinnikov

In general, I play games at Team 29 (by the way, download our Gebnya), but a couple of weeks ago, I decided to go and work as a journalist at the elections in St Petersburg – we were voting for a governor and municipal deputies – and, to put it mildly, I went nuts. My colleagues listened to me, went nuts as well, and asked me to write this newsletter so that you can read it too, and, well, you know.

Because the members of the commissions which ensured there were no violations and falsifications were taken to the court. In this way, half a dozen people were thrown out of commissions in the borough of Frunze alone. This has never happened before.

Because ballot boxes for home voting disappeared from the polling stations, and then suddenly reappeared towards evening, with almost a hundred ballot papers in them. It’s physically impossible to get around to a hundred people in a day.

Because dodgy guys in tracksuits were hanging around the polling stations, supposedly there as ‘observers’, intending to ‘keep order’. Keeping order meant standing side by side in front of other observers and candidates when the counting of votes began, so that they couldn’t see anything.

Because members of the commissions and candidates were beaten up and splashed with green liquid.

Because to ensure the victory of certain candidates from we-all-know-which party, commissions held the vote count several times.

Because in some polling stations the ballot papers have still not been counted properly.

Overall, there were quite a few causes for surprise. These elections in St Petersburg are the dirtiest I’ve seen in eleven years of voting. We decided to discuss how they went with Nastia Andreeva in the Team 29 ‘Little Terror’ podcast. There we talk about what tricks the authorities came up with so that independent candidates did not get elected as municipal deputies. For example, we talk about how a member of the commission was taken to court because he allegedly called for the burning of ballot papers (which he did not), and about how the United Russia party decided to contest the election results.

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Kolya, Team 29

Translated by Anna Bowles