September 9, 2019
The Central Election Commission considered that the transfer to the headquarters of the oppositionist Alexei Navalny of blank forms for observers of the voting is a crime. This was reported by Interfax with reference to the deputy chairman of the commission Nikolai Bulaev.
“In the electronic media there was quite active information that allegedly Mr. Rashkin [Valery Rashkin – the State Duma deputy from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation – note Znak.com] provided Navalny’s headquarters with a large number of forms to fill out and send people to the polling stations by observers. We concluded that this can be considered a crime, which is described in the Criminal Code, ”said Bulaev, adding that the CEC is monitoring the progress of the investigation.
According to the deputy chairman of the CEC, “the law contains a restriction on the direction of specific people to the polling stations,” and the Criminal Code determines that blank forms cannot be in free flight.
“When you send an observer, you must enter his last name, first name and patronymic, and this document only then becomes a document. In this case, the documents, according to what was written, and the photographs that were in the media, were far from Mr. Rashkin’s headquarters. There may be two circumstances: the documents were prepared by someone else, and Rashkin did not know about this, and they were initially false – either,
if Rashkin gave these documents to Navalny’s headquarters with his signature and seal of the Communist Party, this is also a crime, ”said Bulaev.
He added that, in his opinion, what had happened could cast doubt on the legitimacy of the voting results.
Rashkin himself told RBC that the presidium of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation had already expressed Bulaev distrust and urged him to withdraw from the CEC. According to the deputy, if the deputy chairman of the commission is “an honest, decent and competent member of the CEC”, then he should thank all the citizens who observed the elections and the communist party that issued the direction.
“We distributed 4 million invitations to watch all Muscovites, did not divide all into white and black, and all who came were given forms according to the law. These are the rules of fair elections, ratified by international law, the parliamentarian said.
Rashkin did not specify whether he sent blank forms for observers to Navalny’s headquarters.
Recall that after searches on September 5–6, about 2.5 thousand directions for observers in the September 8 elections were seized at the Alexey Navalny’s Moscow headquarters, said Oleg Stepanov, coordinator of the headquarters.
On September 3, the first secretary of the Communist Party of Moscow City Committee Valery Rashkin told the Dozhd channel that the party’s metropolitan branch was planning to support Navalny’s Smart Voting technology.