Looking for Foreign Agents in All the Wrong Places

18 июля 2012 г. Москва

For more than a year, the Kremlin has been promising that there would be a “symmetric response” to the U.S. Magnitsky act. The problem, though, was that a strictly symmetric response would require freezing the Russian-based assets of U.S. government officials who are implicated in human rights abuses. Since few would qualify for this blacklist, the Kremlin resorted to an asymmetric response — a United Russia proposal to amend the law regulating nongovernmental organizations.

Lilia Shibanova: “It is imperative that discussions begin on the execution of political reform.”

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19 июня 2012 г. Москва

Former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin has not excluded the possibility of establishing his own political party in the future. In his words, there is currently no political force in Russia. The new party could be based in the Committee for Civil Initiatives, which was established by Mr. Kudrin this past April. The organization has already involved itself in the analysis of recent electoral results.

GOLOS: The Omsk elections were carried out in accordance with the law

18 июня 2012 г. Омская область

We conducted long-term observation in the lead up to Omsk’s early mayoral elections and short-term observation on Election Day (17 June). During the course of Election Day, 57 Civic Voice observers were deployed.

Press Release # 2: The voting process in Omsk

18 июня 2012 г. Омская область

Civic Voice, the publication established by GOLOS Association for the Protection of the Rights of Voters, has deployed 57 correspondents to monitor the early mayoral elections in Omsk. The correspondents will observe the voting and counting processes at polling stations, and the tabulation process at higher electoral commissions. Monitors from the independent organization “Petersburg Observers” and from the “Citizen Observer” worked in partnership with GOLOS. Further observation was conducted by observers in St. Petersburg, who viewed live web-camera broadcasts on the Internet.

Press Release # 4: The voting and counting processes on 17 June in Omsk

17 июня 2012 г. Омская область

Civic Voice, the publication established by GOLOS Association for the Protection of the Rights of Voters, has deployed 57 correspondents to monitor the early mayoral elections in Omsk. The correspondents will observe the voting and counting processes at polling stations, and the tabulation process at higher electoral commissions.

Press Release # 3: The continued observation of the voting process in Omsk

17 июня 2012 г. Омская область

Civic Voice, the publication established by GOLOS Association for the Protection of the Rights of Voters, has deployed 57 correspondents to monitor the early mayoral elections in Omsk. The correspondents will observe the voting and counting processes at polling stations, and the tabulation process at higher electoral commissions. During the day, observers will visit approximately 287 precinct electoral commissions (PECs), or 64.06%.

Press Release #1: The opening of polling stations and the start of voting in Omsk

17 июня 2012 г. Омская область

Civic Voice, the publication established by GOLOS Association for the Protection of the Rights of Voters, has deployed 57 correspondents to monitor the early mayoral elections in Omsk. The correspondents will observe the voting and counting processes at polling stations, and the tabulation process at higher electoral commissions. Monitors from the independent organization “Petersburg Observers” and from the “Citizen Observer” worked in partnership with GOLOS. Further observation was conducted by observers in St. Petersburg, who viewed live web-camera broadcasts on the internet.

United Russia Seizes Victory in Krasnoyarsk

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14 июня 2012 г. Красноярский край

Despite speculation that the ruling party is losing favor, a United Russia candidate was re-elected mayor of Siberia’s third-largest city in a landslide victory untainted by accusations of voter fraud.

GOLOS Association General Assembly held in Moscow

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28 мая 2012 г. Москва

GOLOS Association’s General Assembly was held on 19–21 May in Moscow. Conference participants included regional representatives as well as Association experts.

GOLOS Association will be monitoring the elections in Angarsk

25 мая 2012 г. Иркутская область

GOLOS Association for the Protection of the Rights of Voters will monitor the elections for the heads of Krasnoyarsk (10 June) and Omsk (17 June). The Association will be monitoring elections in Barnaul and in the Irkutsk Oblast city of Angarsk in October as well. This was announced during GOLOS’ General Assembly meeting held in Moscow on 20–21 May.

Actions taken by customs officials against GOLOS director declared illegal

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17 мая 2012 г. Москва

Moscow oblast’s Khimki City Court held that the search and seizure of Lilia Shibanova’s personal belongings at the hands of customs officials at Sheremetyevo Airport on 3 December 2011 were illegal.

GOLOS has its completed production of the film Astrakhan. Hunger Strike.

15 мая 2012 г. Астраханская область

GOLOS Association has released on its website the film Astrakhan. Hunger Strike. in its entirety. The remarkable story chronicling the political hunger strike in Astrakhan runs for half an hour and covers each of the strike’s 39 days. The film was produced by Dmitry Ryzhkov, who witnessed these events alongside GOLOS Executive Director Lilia Shibanova.

Awaiting the Next Revolution

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12 мая 2012 г. Москва

Russia is a country in which the population has no respect for the political system, their rulers, or the distribution of property.

An open letter from GOLOS Association to the Chairman of the Central Election Commission and the Minister of Communications and Mass Media

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03 мая 2012 г. Москва

GOLOS Association has sent letters to Chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of the Russian Federation Vladimir Churov and to Minister of Communications and Mass Media (Ministry) Igor Shchegolev. In these letters, GOLOS Executive Director Lilia Shibanova requested disclosures from Churov and Shchegolev of the plans of the CEC and the Ministry respectively with regard to the future use of web cameras in Russian elections. If it is the case that web cameras will no longer be used in all subsequent elections, Shibanova has requested an explanation of the reasons for such.

Statement of the Perm Coalition “For Direct Elections”

03 мая 2012 г. Пермский край

On 28 April 2012, a sequence of events was carried out in a strictly clandestine atmosphere in order to replace the governor of the Perm region. As they prepared for the May holidays, the people of Perm were confronted with a new interim regional head, Viktor Fedorovich Basargin.

The gubernatorial race law: the president’s abrupt filter

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01 мая 2012 г. Москва

The legislation on gubernatorial elections passed on its second reading. And its concept has finally been made clear.

GOLOS Association to observe the Zlatoust municipal elections

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30 апреля 2012 г. Челябинская область

Elections for the city of Zlatoust in the Chelyabinsk oblast will be held on 20 May. Seven candidates will be running for the post of the head of the city. By some estimates, the electoral campaign has been held under the conditions of severe administrative pressure, and fraud on behalf of one of the candidates is expected.

Web cameras in polling stations: the results of the experiment

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26 апреля 2012 г. Москва

Vladimir Evgenievich Churov, who lives in a parallel reality containing the most honest and transparent elections, has apparently managed to spread some of his fanatical beliefs to our country’s prime minister and president-elect. In the wake of December’s fright, the prime minister effortlessly came up with 13 billion rubles from the state budget (supplemented, according to the Chairman of the Accounts Chamber, with another 12 billion rubles from the same pot) and ordered the installation of two to three web cameras in each polling station in order to record and broadcast all Election Day occurrences.

Political Reform, of Partization of the Country as a Whole

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23 апреля 2012 г. Москва

The political reform proposed by President Dmitry Medvedev and practically adopted by the State Duma has once again distracted our country from resolving major political issues in order to return Russia to the path toward civilized European democracy.

Astrakhan: What has happened and what should be done?

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20 апреля 2012 г. Астраханская область

It is well known that the planet Neptune was discovered without a telescope, by way of calculations. Official published protocol statistics from all Precinct Electoral Commissions (PEC)—and even from all elections—provide a remarkable opportunity to assess the honesty and fairness of voting and counting processes without even requiring one to leave the house. Of course we are not dealing with Newton’s laws of motion here: there are no strict and conclusive variables. Certain things can, however, be seen with surprising regularity; or with high probability, if you prefer. This has become clear due to the correspondence of findings reported from the field (calls to the hotline, judicial complaints, court decisions, etc.) and the statistical analysis reported on such information.

Syktyvkar: The Prosecutor’s Election

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16 апреля 2012 г. Москва

I participated today in public hearings on the elections in Syktyvkar. I referred to the hearing as a form of citizen self-defense against the state, which cannot seem to guarantee the electoral rights of its citizens. Another such form has now manifested itself in Astrakhan, and prior to that, in the cities of Lermontov, Yaroslavl (1 April,) and Moscow (4 March.) Clearly, none of these have been among the most radical forms of self-defense. And they have not been instigated by the US State Department, but by the Russian administration. They have been reactions not only to the actions of the electoral commissions, but to the lack of action by the bodies that are meant to protect electoral rights, including the courts, where the president, president-elect, and lower-level state officials are so fond of sending us.

Melkonyants: in order for the Astrakhan elections to be recalled, it must be proven that there were violations in 25% of polling stations

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16 апреля 2012 г. Астраханская область

In order to resolve the political crisis in Astrakhan by way of a recall, A Just Russia representatives will need to prove in court that serious violations were committed in 51 of the city’s 203 polling stations during the course of the mayoral elections. According to GOLOS Association Deputy Executive Director Grigory Melkonyants, there is another solution to ending the crisis: early elections could be called upon the resignation of current Mayor Mikhail Stolyarov.

Astrakhan: the new Bolotnaya Square

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13 апреля 2012 г. Астраханская область

GOLOS Association’s Deputy Executive Director Grigory Melkonyants discusses the events in southern Russia

In Korkino, the opposition is accused of having connections with intelligence agencies and the US State Department

10 апреля 2012 г. Челябинская область

In Korkino district, a hunger strike is being staged in order to urge district head Gennady Usenko to resign and participate in a second round of municipal elections. The starving appealed to Chelyabinsk Oblast Governor Mikhail Yurevich in an open letter that listed all of the problems with the elections in Korkino and in the towns Roz and Pervomaisk.

Astrakhan police on high alert due to protests

10 апреля 2012 г. Астраханская область

The Astrakhan oblast’s Ministry of the Interior reported that police officers were on high-alert as a result of the rally For the Abolition of the Mayoral Election Results.