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MOSCOW, January 21 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian Investigation Committee instituted 26 criminal cases on violations during the election race for the sixth State Duma, said on Saturday Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin.
“The investigative bodies of the Russian Investigation Committee are active in laying bare and inspecting reports on violations, connected with the election race for the sixth State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the country. All in all, we registered over 350 appeals by citizens,” Markin noted.
“By the results of examination of 158 of them, a decision was taken on refusing to start a criminal case. By the results of pre-investigative inspections, investigative bodies of the Investigation Committee have instituted 26 criminal cases on possible crimes, provided for Article 141 of the Russian Criminal Code (obstruction of exercise of election rights or of work of election commissions), Article 142 of the Russian Criminal Code (forging election documents) and Article 142 (forging of voting results),” he explained.
According to the spokesman, ”the main violations were connected with ballot box stuffing, bribing of voters, coercion to vote and others”. The greatest number of criminal cases were instituted in the Vladimir, Kemerovo, Leningrad and Astrakhan regions as well as in Moscow and the Bashkortostan Republic.
“For instance a local resident was detained in the city of Vladimir in an attempt to stuff the 21st ballot paper into a ballot box in favour of one of political parties. A woman in the Leningrad Region was bribing voters, offering them 300 roulbes for each vote in favour of a definite party.
It was established during the investigation that the suspect had received a monetary remuneration from one of political parties, totaling 9,000 roubles for these illegal actions,” the spokesman continued.
He did not preclude a chance that “the number of instituted criminal cases may rise in the near future, since committee investigators are now examining over 100 materials of pre-investigation inspections. “It should be noted that violations were virtually linked with all parties, whose representatives won seats at the sixth State Duma.
“It is of no importance for investigation in favour of which party law-breakers acted. Investigation will be carried out objectively and thoroughly,” Markin concluded.