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The European Court of Human Rights admitted the claim on annulment of the results of Russian parliamentary elections of 2003

Press Release
October 20, 2010

Today the European Court of Human Rights admitted the complaint on the results of parliamentary elections of 2003 submitted by YABLOKO, CPRF and several individuals including Sergei Ivanenko, Vladimir Ryzhkov, Irina Khakamada, Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Solovyov and journalists Eugeni Kiselyov and Dmitry Muratov. The claim will be examined at the Courts meeting shortly.

Now the plaintiffs and the Government of Russia should give answers on the follow-up questions set by the court.

Before the claim was submitted to Strasburg, the claim was examined by Russian courts. In 2004 the Supreme Court of Russia rejected the claim.

A 300 pages thick file of the claim is also supplied with videos demonstrating lack of equal access of the parties participating in the elections to mass media. Thus, 61.5 per cent of information on the United Russia party broadcast by television channels represented unlawful propaganda; whereas 75 per cent of such information was broadcast by state television channels.

In addition, the complaint indicates that governors, federal ministers and other celebrities that were on United Russias lists (i.e., 37 candidates or one third of United Russias federal election list) turned down their mandates after United Russias victory, thus misleading the electorate voting for these figures.

The plaintiffs also indicated that protocols of electoral commissions had failed to comply with the law, which constituted additional ground for recognizing the election void.

See also:

State Duma Elections 2003

Regional Elections, 2010

Human Rights




Press Release
October 20, 2010

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