Heurts à Moscou après les élections municipales – octobre 2009


Medvedev’s opponents see red after alleged vote fixing


October 11, 2009

MOSCOW: Opposition leaders in Russia have accused the authorities of  »fixing » yesterday’s Moscow council elections, and claim all democratic candidates have been kicked off the ballot.

About 30 million Russians go to the polls for regional elections in the first test of President Dmitry Medvedev’s pledge to make Russia’s electoral system more  »competitive ». But critics say Russia’s democracy has, in fact, slid backwards.

They allege that Moscow’s 73-year-old mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, has manipulated the vote in advance to ensure a landslide victory for his pro-Kremlin United Russia party.

 »You can forget about elections in this country, » said Boris Nemtsov, the leader of the opposition movement, Solidarity.

Russia’s election commission disqualified Mr Nemtsov and other Solidarity candidates from contesting the city council vote, claiming that the 5000 signatures they had each collected to stand had been forged.

 »They even told me my own signature was forged, » Mr Nemtsov said. Other parties were also disqualified. After more than 17 years in power, Mr Luzhkov’s relations with the Kremlin have become increasingly strained.

He faces allegations that he helped his wife, Yelana Baturina, to become the richest woman in Russia and eastern Europe.

Ms Baturina has been embroiled in a legal struggle against a fellow Moscow property developer, Chalva Tchigirinsky. In documents submitted to a London court, Mr Tchigirinsky claimed in May that Ms Baturina secretly co-owned his business – enabling him to secure profitable contracts from Moscow’s Luzhkov-run government. Ms Baturina denies the allegation.


Anger in Moscow over local election whitewash



Russian riot police quickly broke up a crowd in central Moscow last night as protesters cried foul over local election results.

The landslide victory won by the country’s ruling party “United Russia” which has a near monopoly on power, has angered many voters.

Independent poll watchdog Golos and opposition parties have reported wide spread ballot stuffing and voter intimidation.

Regional, mayoral and district polls were held in 76 of Russia’s 83 regions.

In just about all polls, the Kremlin backed United Russia lead by prime minister Vladimir Putin has emerged the strongest party.

It’s retained power in key locations including the most affluent and populous region Moscow City.


Russian riot police clamp down on protesters

Tue, 13 Oct 2009

Russian riot police have dispersed a protest by opposition groups against the country’s municipal elections, which have led to the domination of the ruling party.

Police in riot gear clashed with demonstrators in Moscow on Monday after the protesters staged an ‘unauthorized’ rally in the Russian capital following the local election results, which revealed a sweeping victory for the leading United Russia party, security services said.

Around 50 people have been detained in the protests triggered by allegations of vote-rigging.

The weekend ballot showed that the incumbent United Russia party under Prime Minister Vladimir Putin obtained 66.3 percent of the votes, while the Communist party gained 13.3 percent of the votes for the country’s legislature, the Duma.

With almost all the ballots counted, Putin’s party won 107 out of 135 seats in the regional councils and 189 out of 235 seats in the municipal legislatures, an election authority said.

The news of conservatives’ win drew ire from the defeated Yabloko liberals as the political factions’ supporters took to the streets and « burned ballot papers » over ‘vote fraud.’

Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, however, ruled out charges of widespread manipulation of votes by the United Russia party and said, « Today the party has proved that it has not only the moral, but the legal right to form executive power in the regions. »

Around 30 million voters in 75 municipal elections went to the polls on Sunday amid tight security in Russia.

~ par Alain Bertho sur 14 octobre 2009.

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