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Mass-scale buying of votes in favour of the United Russia and the Just Russia party observed at pre-term elections in Tula

Press Release

March 10, 2010

The Tula branch of YABLOKO recorded a mass-scale buying of votes in favour of the United Russia and the Just Russia party observed at pre-term elections to the Tula parliament. A vote cast for United Russia cost 500 roubles and a vote for the Just Russia party cost 100 roubles.

Today, on March 10 at about 11 a.m., YABLOKO’s election headquarters received a telephone call about a bribe of electorate at polling stations No 369 and 370 located in school No 52. Several cars were parked in the yard of one of the houses near the school. Unknown persons from the cars first put down the data of the voters and after their voting gave money to them.

Sergei Filatov, one of the leaders of YABLOKO’s election list and deputy of the Tula parliament, arrived to the polling station and discovered queues by the school building. He recorded all he saw (see the recording), interviewed the voter and also called the police.


After which some voters complained that they voted for the party they were proposed to, however, did not get any money for this, as these persons disappeared.

At present police is interrogating those who participated in the voting. YABLOKO is preparing a complaint to the Territorial Electoral Commission demanding to annul the results of the voting at these polling stations.

See also:

Regional Elections 2010

Sverdlovsk Region branch of YABLOKO appeals to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. Press Release, March 2.

Non-registration of YABLOKO in the regional elections: a hypocrisy or a weakness of the presidential power? Statement of the Bureau of the YABLOKO party. February 27, 2010

Regional Court did not let YABLOKO to participate in the election campaign to the Sverdlovsk Region parliament. Press Release. February 26, 2010

Chair of Sverdlovsk Electoral Commission Mostovschikov to dismissal! Statement of the Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO. February 5, 2010

The Electoral Commission of the Sverdlovsk Region hampers YABLOKO’s campaigning for mandates in the regional parliament. UralInfromBureau. January 12, 2010

Sverdlovsk YABLOKO demands to annul the decision of the electoral commission not to register YABLOKO in the election race. Press Release. February 16, 2010

YABLOKO enters litigation disputing the decision of the regional electoral commission. Press Release, February 19, 2010




Press Release

March 10, 2010