Moscow. February 13. INTERFAX.RU – The Central Election Commission (CEC) of the Russian Federation next week will consider the complaints of Yabloko party chairman Emilia Slabunova and presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak to show Oliver Stone about the incumbent president of Russia, presidential candidate Vladimir Putin on Channel One, , CEC secretary Maya Grishina told reporters on Tuesday.
“The meeting of the working group on information disputes next week, judging by the information that is in the media, the subject of this complaint may well be the subject of consideration of the working group,” Grishina said. She noted that she had not yet seen or read any of the complaints. “It is desirable to see the essence and arguments,” the CEC secretary noted.
Previously reported , that Slabunova and Sobchak’s lawyers sent complaints to the CEC of the Russian Federation because of the showing of Stone’s film about Putin on Channel One.
In a message posted on Sobchak’s website, it is noted that Channel One violates the requirements of the Russian legislation in the field of elections, since Stone’s film tells not only about Putin’s professional activities, which is agitational material. In this case, the picture is broadcast before the start of the campaign period. Thus, according to Sobchak’s lawyer corps, “there is a possibility of the content of the administrative offense in the actions of the employees of the TV channel stipulated in Article 5.5 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation.”
The same position is occupied by the Yabloko party. “The film demonstrates signs of illegal election campaigning in the media regarding the registered candidate for the post of President of the Russian Federation Putin, as this will violate the requirements of articles 49, 50, 51, 51 of the Federal Law” On Elections of the President of the Russian Federation, ” The CEC of the Russian Federation, published by the press service.
“In particular, the production and placement of this propaganda material in the media has not been paid from Putin’s electoral fund, the film is scheduled to be shown in the media before the permitted period of the campaign period,” notes Slabunova.
Lawyer Sobchak appealed to the CEC and personally to its chairman Ella Pamfilova with a request to inspect and bring the perpetrators to the statutory responsibility. Slabunova asks the CEC to prevent violations of the requirements for conducting pre-election campaigning.