Disinfo: International experts praised the all-Russian vote

Summary

International experts praised the all-Russian vote. As for the work of international experts, they observed the course of the all-Russian vote in many regions of Russia. In Crimea, for example, deputies of the European Parliament from France, as well as politicians from Germany, Sweden and Bulgaria, visited several sites in Simferopol and Yalta. The delegation drew attention to how sanitary standards and rules were adhered to perfectly.

Experts not only praised the conduct of the vote on amendments to the Constitution but also noted its importance. This vote is a very important page in history, because the Constitution is the Basic Law of any country, and what people are now asking for opinions about their future is important, this should happen in every country.

The organisation of the elections was at a very high level, all measures to preserve the life and safety of people were observed, and everything was like a gold standard for the promotion of elections.

Disproof

Bulgarian, French and some other foreign pro-Russian politicians indeed visited Crimea during voting for amendments to Russian Constitution. However, they cannot be quoted as experts in elections observation, since observation is a professional activity carried out by international organisations according to common standards.

Contrary to the claim, the European Parliament deputies cited in the report did not "observe" the vote in any sense pertaining to international election monitoring, given that the voting procedure featured no actual foreign observers. For instance, the OSCE ODIHR mission was not invited to monitor Russia’s voting on constitutional amendments. It did, however, see a number of so-called "international experts" who were invited to witness the vote and make gushing statements to pro-Kremlin media about its supposed transparency. A number of these "experts" have documented track records of legitimising sham elections in Russia and elsewhere.

The “Golos” movement conducted an independent observation of the all-Russian vote on the amendment of the Constitution throughout the entire campaign period, from March 2020, including the period of the passing of the normative-legal articles that regulate the conduct of the vote, the initial launching of the processes, their application in relation to the Coronavirus pandemic, the updating of the processes and of course, the days of voting themselves. The long-term and short-term observations were conducted in 42 regions of the country.

The all-Russian vote was assessed in accordance with the Russian constitutional and international standards, that in their short form, were formulated in the “Record of the all-Russian vote” – a “notebook” on the observation of the participants’ rights. "In essence, for the initiators of the amendments, the holding of the all-Russian vote, has from the onset, been nothing more than a PR action, the goal of which was not the expression of the citizens’ free will, but the forming of the image of that same will, that is necessary for the authorities", said Golos.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 205
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Bulgaria, Russia, Germany, Sweden, France
  • Keywords: Manipulated elections/referendum, Referendum

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