“For every call we work,” said Secretary of the Public chamber Lidia Mikheeva at the briefing, dedicated to the observation of the vote on the amendments to the Constitution. In the event, which was held in the situation center OP of the Russian Federation, also took part the Commissioner for human rights in Russia Tatiana Moskalkova and her colleagues in Russia’s regions, joined the briefing by video-conferencing.
According to Mikheeva, the voting control over 512 thousand public observers. In touch with them constantly there are employees of the situation centre of the OP, which in the operational mode, gathering information about the extent to which the situation in the plots corresponds to the “gold standard observations” generated by the Public chamber of Russia in cooperation with the CEC.
At the moment, according to Secretary of the Public chamber, “131 recorded message stating that this standard is not respected”. In addition, 180 of the messages and questions received on the open Public chamber hotline. Another feedback channel – regional public chamber. From them OP in the beginning of the vote received 48 different kinds of alarm signals. “All this we carefully check,” assured Lydia Mikheeva.
One of the most glaring facts pressure suffered by a member of the Public chamber of the Russian Federation from Sevastopol Natalya Kiryukhina. “She was threatened for the social activities which it leads, – said Mikheev. And this is due to the observation of the voting process”.
Details are told in the video itself is a plea. The social worker got a call from an unknown number, and an unfamiliar male voice began to threaten her with physical violence. “He accused me of supporting amendments to the Constitution, support for the policy of Vladimir Putin, – said the member of the OP. – I realized that it was representative of some Pro-Ukrainian destructive group.”
This is not the first case when a principled and independent position of the observer causes hatred of anti-Russian forces. According to Kirjuhina, she was threatened and after the March meeting of the President with members of the public of the Crimea and Sevastopol, in which she participated. “At this meeting I said that Sevastopol support amendments to the Constitution is a historical mission,” recalls a member of the OP.
“I’m Sure that law enforcement agencies will do everything possible to find that person, to bring him to criminal responsibility, – commented on this information, Tatiana Moskalkova. – For its part, as the Commissioner for human rights to take control of this unprecedented pressure on the Public chamber member, a citizen and just a nice woman.”
the institution of commissioners for human rights also “fully on��I took mA monitoring of nationwide voting for amendments to the Constitution,” said Moskalkova. And also reacts sensitively to signals of citizens and social activists. However, a significant portion of the cases are connected, according to the Ombudsman, no complaints, quite the contrary – appreciated.
“the Long ballot is used for the first time, and people like it, – said the Russian Ombudsman. – We receive calls from people who say, “Yes, it is very convenient that you can choose a different form of voting and that it is possible to vote few days.”
unfortunately, there are other treatment, did not hide Moskalkova: “They are related to the fact that people are not informed about the address of the polling station to which they can come and vote… Received appeals related to the fact that people don’t understand or know how to register to vote electronically”.
One of the complaints caused by the fact that the soldier was not allowed to vote with military ID (it was in Yekaterinburg). “Well, absolutely not in any frame, – said Moskalkova. – We contacted the Chairman of the Commission, and the issue was resolved.”
In the area of “Supervisory” responsibility of commissioners on human rights are said Tatiana Moskalkova, including “closed areas” – detention centers, psychiatric hospitals, homes for the elderly. Interesting experiences with voting in institutions of this kind is shared by the Commissioner for human rights in the city of Moscow Tatyana Potyaeva.
“In connection with pandemic the entrance to these establishments to 1 July inclusive, prohibited, – said Potyaeva. – As we come out of this situation? Surveillance we conduct in online mode. For example, on June 25 in the online mode, we monitored the vote of the people contained in the Butyrka prison.” The Ombudsman was satisfied with what he saw: “Of the 1,300 prisoners, only two refused to participate in the vote. All the others participated. And any comments. We were in constant contact with the Commission, saw how the vote goes. No violations have been identified”.
Serious violations, assured Tatiana Putevoy not found in the rest of the Moscow polling stations. In other regions of the country, judging from the reports of her colleagues, similar pattern. For example, the hotline of the Ombudsman for human rights in the Vladimir region has received since the beginning of voting, a total of 14 calls. “The most common question – is it possible to vote on the amendments separately,” said regional Ombudsman Lyudmila Romanova.
However, bored observers and organizers of the vote is not necessary: not everyone likes the smooth running of the plebiscite. About the methods of destructive forces told a member of the working group On��public chamber on control over the voting Alexander Malkevich. “When we talk about fakes related to voting, about any jokes of the question – he was adamant. Is a planned, organized campaign.”
held on Monday evening briefing Malkevich presented his video project “Fancontrol”, whose task, as is clear from the name, is to combat misinformation. According to the estimates of Malkevich, the total number of fakes related to voting on amendments, exceeded five thousand. “Feykomety particularly attacking small settlements in remote areas of Russia to be more difficult to quickly verify,” explains the member of the OP.
as a typical example of regional “fake”, he cites an incident that occurred in the city of Satka in Chelyabinsk region. “The young man shot the video on the site and distributed it – said Malkevich. – In this video, he claimed that the vote had not asked for the passport. But it is clear that it was not. How are the fakes now? Anyone can at the camera to say any nonsense”.
the closer to the finale of the plebiscite, the situation is harder. “We capture the growth of these messages – has sounded the alarm Malkevich. – I think the first of July they will go almost hourly”.
“Feykomety” one way or another connected with the external enemies of Russia, believes the activist. Their efforts are intended to “create a relevant picture of the world, which the media – foreign agents would then submit in the right perspective”. The ultimate goal of the campaign – “after voting to legitimize an international protest against its result.”