The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO expresses support
to Andrei Malitsky in his litigation of the norm of the Federal
Law “On the Basic Guarantees of Franchise and the Right to
Participate in a Referendum”.
According to the present norm of the law, a citizen of the
Russian Federation having residence permits in other states
is not allowed to be member of electoral commission.
Being a citizen of Russia Malitsky received a residence permit
in Lithuania in June 2009. In view of this he was expelled
from the Territorial Electoral Commission of Preobrazhenskoye
District, Moscow, where he represented the interests of the
The YABLOKO party considers a number of norms of this law
anti-constitutional, as they deprive citizens of a basic passive
franchise prohibiting them to participate in the electoral
process. This violates the basic democratic principles: the
right of the citizens of the Russian Federation to participate
in the governing, via elections inclusive, to elect and be
elected into the state power and local self-governing bodies
(Constitution of the Russian Federation, Article 32, paragraphs
1 and 2).
The YABLOKO party states that a person having Russia’s citizenship
should enjoy the civil rights in the full extent. A residence
permit can not serve as an evidence of his or her voluntary
refusal of the rights on the territory of Russia.
We demand abrogation of discriminatory legal norms.
Chairman of the YABLOKO party
Today, on May 25, the Constitutional Court of the Russian
Federation will examine the complaint by Andrei Malitsky of
violation of his constitutional rights by the provisions of
subparagraph “a” of item 1, subparagraph “a” of item 8 of
Article 29 of the Federal Law “On the Basic Guarantees of
Franchise and the Right to Participate in a Referendum”.
supporting Andrei Malitsky in his litigation of violation
of constitutional rights of the Russian citizens having residence
permits in other countries. Statement by the Regional Council
of the Moscow branch of YABLOKO. September 3, 2009