And finally, you can view your Pressimus profile by clicking on your profile image, and selecting your profile, and you can customize your Pressimus settings by selecting settings.
Watch quick explainer video
Finish
X

Request Invitation




Submit
Close
Submit
Stream by
The Interpreter
@Interpreter_Mag
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Interpreter_Mag
Russia Update: August 7, 2015

Publication: Russia Update
Readability View
Press View
Show oldest first
The Interpreter
@Interpreter_Mag
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Interpreter_Mag
Opposition Campaigner Leonid Volkov Summoned to Police, Continues Hunger Strike

Novaya Gazeta reports that yesterday, August 6, opposition member Leonid Volkov, leader of the Parnas party,  was summoned to the police in a case of election fraud in which he and his colleagues themselves had submitted complaints when they saw one of their signature-gatherers (whom they believe to be a provocateur) filed obviously invalid signatures.

Translation: I've just been brought a summons for interrogation at 16:30 local time. They don't realize that the Central Elections Commission meeting has been moved!

Earlier, campaign volunteers were summoned to the Investigative Committee. On July 29, Volkov and others were fined 1000 rubles (US $) for "disobeying police" when they began protesting at the election office.

He and two opposition candidates have been on a hunger strike for the last 10 days to protest unfair practices by the Election Commission in Novosibirsk. As TASS reported, only 10,340 signatures supporting the Parnas party were recognized as valid while the minimum number of signatures required for registration stands at 10,657. The opposition has formed the Democratic Coalition to attempt to run alternative candidates in a number of provincial cities -- finding they are thwarted everywhere.

As Volkov has noted on his Facebook page, in the case of Novosibirsk, election officials disqualified a crucial number of the opposition's collected signatures on what appeared to be specious grounds and thus prevented them from getting on the ballot. They claimed the signers were not in the data base of the Federal Migration Service, although the opposition claims they are not using the most up-to-date list from that agency, and have cited examples. Officials also discounted people with Soviet-era passports or those who recently changed their passports, although there is no law disqualifying such people from participation in the elections. Slight name misspellings, such as "Darya Timurovich" instead of the grammatically proper "Timurovna," the patronymic for a female, meant a signature was also removed.

Volkov said that the Elections Commission displayed its politicized agenda when it turned over all their coalition's signature lists to the Federal Security Service (FSB) for "additional expert analysis" -- and found 224 more "invalid" signatures.

The opposition has called for a protest gathering "for honest elections" on August 11 at 7 pm local time.

Volkov was a close colleague of RPR-Parnas party leader Boris Nemtsov, assassinated February 27, 2015 on the eve of a planned opposition march called "Spring". Volkov also served as the campaign manager of Aleksei Navalny during the 2013 Moscow mayoral elections, where Navalny gathered 30% of the vote.

Vesna-Press-Conference.jpgOpposition press conference February 20, 2015 for "Vesna" (Spring) opposition march planned March 1, 2015. From left to right: Leonid Volkov, Boris Nemtsov, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Sergei Davidis and Vladimir Milov. Nemtsov was assassinated February 27, 2015 and the protest action was converted to a funeral march. Kara-Murza was poisoned on May 26, 2015 and was in a coma for many weeks; he is now recovering. Photo by Baroshin.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

X

Acknowledgements