Informational message from “Golos” team

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27 июня 2013 г. Москва

On June 26th, 2013 the team of Association of Non-government organizations “In defense of voter rights “GOLOS” learned from mass media about the alleged decision by the Ministry of justice to suspend the Association’s activity.

Russia foreign agent law imperils democracy

27 мая 2013 г. Москва

MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin has methodically removed challenges to his authority since he returned to the presidency a year ago, leaving a variety of opponents facing criminal charges that keep them in detention or in court. Now, his critics say, he has taken aim at a wide swath of civic organizations in an attack that could hamper democracy-building efforts for years to come.

Russian EPDE Member GOLOS faces to be shut down – European Institutions alarmed on the crackdown on Russian Civil Society

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16 мая 2013 г. Москва

The Association GOLOS and other leading Russian NGOs have been declared „foreign agents“ in the past few weeks and are facing now to be shut down. On May 15th in the European Parliament in Brussels a public discussion on the crackdown of the Russian civil society was held on invitation of Werner Schulz. MEP, Green Faction.

Russia`s civil society under pressure: What the EU should do

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07 мая 2013 г. Москва

Seminar on Wednesday, 15th May 2013 at 2–4 p.m.
European Parliament ASP 5E1

Russian Courts: An Instrument for Crushing Dissent, Not for Rule of Law

28 апреля 2013 г. Москва

Freedom House condemns the harsh sentence imposed today on political activist Konstantin Lebedev by a Russian court for allegedly organizing civil unrest during the May 6, 2012 protests in Moscow. Lebedev, a defendant in the Bolotnaya Square case, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in a penal colony. He was arrested in October 2012 after a pro-government documentary alleged that he was paid by a Georgian parliamentarian to recruit, train, and coordinate activists for the May 6 events.

Bekymring etter dom mot russiske Golos

26 апреля 2013 г. Москва

- Dommen mot organisasjonen Golos og dens leder Lilia Sjibanova i Moskva i dag gir grunn til bekymring. Det er første gang det felles dom etter endringene i loven om frivillige organisasjoner i Russland og dette kan bety vanskeligere arbeidsvilkår for organisasjonene, sier utenriksminister Espen Barth Eide.

EPDE protests against ongoing repression towards GOLOS

18 апреля 2013 г. Москва

Civic Election Observation in Russia at Risk

Independent Poll Workers Highly Concentrated in Moscow

14 апреля 2013 г. Москва

Unprecedented numbers of independent poll workers will help ensure clean elections in Moscow and St. Petersburg through 2018, a group of leading vote monitors said Tuesday, but the ruling United Russia party and local governments will continue to control polling stations elsewhere, a lingering risk of electoral fraud.

«Nous sommes peut-être devenus trop dérangeants pour le pouvoir russe»

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11 апреля 2013 г. Москва

L’ONG russe Golos, qui lutte contre la fraude électorale, fait l’objet de poursuites administratives, nouvelle étape dans la vaste opération du Kremlin pour contrôler la société civile.

Putins wertlose Worte: Verfahren gegen russische NGO wegen unterlassener Selbstbezichtigung als Agenten eröffnet

10 апреля 2013 г. Москва

PRESSEMITTEILUNG — Brüssel, 10. April 2013
Verfahren gegen die russische Wahlbeobachtungsorganisation GOLOS wegen unterlassener Registrierung als «ausländische Agenten» erklärt Werner Schulz, Vizevorsitzender des Parlamentarischen Kooperationsausschusses EU-Russland:

Russian Federation: First administrative case opened against election watchdog GOLOS in framework of 'foreign agents' law

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10 апреля 2013 г. Москва

On 9 April 2013, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation opened a case of administrative violation against the GOLOS Association for the defence of the rights of voters (Golos means “Voice” or “Vote” in Russian) and its executive director Ms Lilya Shibanova. GOLOS is a Russian non-profit organisation which was founded in 2000 for the protection of voters’ rights and the development of civil society.

Statement on Presidential elections, 18 February 2013, Republic of Armenia

21 февраля 2013 г. Москва

The elections were characterised by a lack of political competition, low-key campaigning and a relatively low presence of partisan election observers in precincts on election-day. This has to be explained with the decision of the three main opposition parties not to nominate their candidates for the Presidential elections and consequently not to deploy their proxies to the election precincts.

European Platform for Democratic Elections protests the detention of civil society activists in Khachmaz region of Azerbaijan

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14 февраля 2013 г. Москва

Baku, 13 February 2013: The European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) condemns yesterday’s incident in Khamaz, Azerbaijan, where a training conducted by representatives of EPDE’s member organization Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center (EMDS) was disrupted by the local police.

Press release: Presentation of European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) at the European Parliament in Brussels

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01 февраля 2013 г. Москва

Brussels, 31 January: “Civic observation is a powerful instrument for citizens’ control over electoral processes and deserves the attention and the support of the European institutions. We wish the best success for the newly established “European Platform for Democratic Elections” said Werner Schulz, Member of the European Parliament, during the presentation of the EPDE at the European Parliament on Wednesday January 30th.

PACE delegation concerned over inaccuracies in Armenia’s voter list

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31 января 2013 г. Москва

PACE delegation welcomes the intention of the Armenian authorities to organize and election fully in line with international standards, says the statement issued on Thursday.

Armenia: PACE pre-electoral delegation told of efforts to organise democratic elections but concerned about a general lack of interest and trust in the process

31 января 2013 г. Москва

The intention of the Armenian authorities to organise an election fully in line with international standards has been welcomed by a PACE delegation visiting the country to assess the pre-electoral climate ahead of the 18 February presidential election.

Vote Watchdogs Urge Activists to Become Elections Officials

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23 января 2013 г. Москва

A presidential election in Russia isn’t scheduled for another five years, but the people who will run the polling stations and count the ballots are already being selected.

European Election Observers Launch Platform in Warsaw

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17 декабря 2012 г. Москва

Warsaw — On 12th December 2012, twelve civil society organisations supporting or conducting citizens’ election observation in the states of the Eastern Partnership, the Russian Federation and the European Union have launched the “European Platform for Democratic Elections” (EPDE) in Warsaw.

Russian Golos and Lilya Shibanova received Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award 2012 at NHC 35th anniversary

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06 ноября 2012 г. Москва

Russian Association ‘Golos’ was presented the Sakharov Freedom Award at a ceremony which also marked Norwegian Helsinki Committee 35 years’ anniversary on 23 October. Lilya Shibanova accepted the award on behalf of the organisation she leads. — It is a great honor to receive the Sakharov Freedom award. The recognition comes at a very important and suitable time for us, were Russian democracy is dwindling and organisatons like ours are under fierce attack from the authorities. The anniversary was also celebrated by a well attented seminar opened by Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide.

Golos, Intrepid and Tech-Savvy Russian NDI Partner, Wins Sakharov Prize of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee

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14 сентября 2012 г. Москва

Golos, a long-time partner of NDI in Russia, was awarded the prestigious Sakharov Prize of the Norwegian Helsinki Commission today. The Commission especially lauded Golos for its innovative work during the recent Russian legislative and presidential elections. Golos, Russian for “The Voice”, is the only independent election monitoring organization in Russia. It has worked for over a decade on independent domestic election monitoring but became extremely popular during the recent Duma and then Presidential elections for its interactive map that allowed citizens to report violations during the election period and on election day. These elections were marked by the savvy use of Russians of social media and camera phones to record and report election violations on YouTube and on Golos’ map.

ANDREI SAKHAROVS Freedom Award 2012 is awarded to Association GOLOS, Russia

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13 сентября 2012 г. Москва

Oslo, 12 September 2012. — The Association Golos is awarded the Andrei Freedom Sakharov Award 2012 for its outstanding efforts to promote democratic values through free and fair elections in Russia, Norwegian Helsinki Committee Secretary General Bjørn Engesland says in a statement today.

2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to be awarded to GOLOS Association

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12 сентября 2012 г. Москва

On 23 October 2012 in Oslo, Norway the Helsinki Committee will present the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to GOLOS Association for its work toward strengthening the political rights of Russian citizens. Executive Director Lilia Shibanova will represent GOLOS at the ceremony.

Nevládky jdou do boje s Kremlem, brojí proti zákonu

30 июля 2012 г. Москва

Od návratu Vladimira Putina do čela Kremlu neuplynulo ani sto dní. Už ale stihl zahájit demontáž liberálnějších zákonů, o něž se zasadil jeho předchůdce Dmitrij Medveděv.

“Foreign agents” under Russia's NGO Law and its US doppelganger

30 июля 2012 г. Москва

President Putin signed off on a high-profile bill that will relegate politically active NGOs receiving funding from abroad to a registry of “foreign agents.” Once registered, these NGOs will face heightened scrutiny. They will be required to file regular disclosures with the government and to label all materials disseminated through major channels with their “foreign agent” status.

The Kremlin Wants to Mute Our Golos

27 июля 2012 г. Москва

There are 120 days left until the amendments to a law come into force for nongovernmental organizations that receive foreign grants. Those who refuse to register as foreign agents could face stiff fines and up to three years in jail.