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Progovernmental United Russia is buying off votes in Tula

Statement by the party Chairman

March 12, 2010

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO is expressing its indignation with the situation when the United Russia party has been openly and blatantly violating the law at the Tula City Duma elections. Mass-scale and virtually open bribing of voters has been taking place in the city. A vote in favour of the United Russia party costs from 400 to 500 roubles at pre-term voting. About 10 per cent of the electorate have already voted at eight polling stations (No 419, 423, 424, 428 – 432).

The Altair cable television channel has been broadcasting a reel where those voting for the United Russia party are guaranteed free subscription to the channel.

Bribing of voters has been at polling station No 52 was video recorded and confirmed by the witnesses at the police station.

Such actions by the United Russia party on the threashold of the election day make us doubt the results of the overall voting in the city.

These actions of the United Russia party demonstrate that local bureaucracy, despite the provisions of the Constitution and President’s statements on the need to ensure political competition, is ready to any violations of the law for the sake of preservation of its political position.

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO demands annulment of the results of pre-term voting at the polling stations where bribe was observed, as well as immediate interference of the law-enforcement into the situation so that to prevent fraud and punish those guilty of fraud.

Sergei Mitrokhin,
Chairman of the YABLOKO party


See also:

Regional Elections 2010

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

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




Statement by the party Chairman

March 12, 2010