- Posted October 13, 2012 by
- A 24-year old is rotting alive in Russian prison.
- Defendant and his father manhandled while mother has a heart attack in the Russian courtroom.
- Punitive psychiatry and political prisoners: the Michael Kosenko edition.
- What is “Strategy 31” and what are those Russians protesting?
- Runners, bearing portraits of political prisoners, detained in Moscow.
Dirty tricks in Russian local elections.
Local elections do not shy from lawbreaking either. A few are scheduled for Sunday, October 14th and the details of some clearly illegal behavior are leaking all around.
The small town Khimki in the Moscow Region will be electing a mayor. The main contender is Evgenia Chirikova, a recipient of The Goldman Environmental Prize (known to some as Green Nobel) and the leader of the environmental movement against replacing the Khimki forest with a private toll road. She is also one of the prominent opposition members. Her opponent is Oleg Shakhov, the current acting mayor of Khimki, who used to be the head of the infrastructure and investments department in the Ministry of Transport. Shortly after the Ministry has approved the plan for that same toll road in Khimki, he became the head of the private company who was entrusted with the construction of this road. Khimki residents reported that most of leaflets and posters for Chririkova were promptly removed up to just a few minutes after their placement, including fishing out leaflets out of the mailboxes with special hooks. Any time when Chirikova wanted to hold a meeting, something was miraculously broken in the chosen building. And once she was asked to get off by the conductor, when she was talking to people on the bus. That was the next day after a scandalous program on NTV, claiming that all opposition members were terrorists.
The Town of Tver, to the North West from Moscow will be electing the local government. The day before the elections is supposed to be free from campaigning, but leaflets were distributed all over, just not into the mailboxes, but ON them, supposedly making them less lawbreaking.
But what takes the cake, is the way to win votes, that was reported from the South Ural city of Chelyabinsk. Just ahead of the city Parliament election the following leaflets were found in some mailboxes (see picture above):
Company “RemZhilZakazchik” and movement “Activist”
Are holding a FREE food give away TILL OCTOBER 14
Everybody interested, please apply to the resident committee
You can exchange your VOTE FOR BOLOGNA from 9 AM to 6 PM.
You just can’t make this stuff up.