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36 criminal cases opened over violations in elections -- SK chief

January 27, 2012, 15:21 UTC+3

The Investigative Committee (SK) has about 100 videos about violations at the elections

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MOSCOW, January 27 (Itar-Tass) —— Thirty six criminal cases have been opened over violations in the State Duma elections, and no proceedings were instituted over 363 complaints, Russian Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin told the State Duma meeting during the so-called "government hour" in the lower house on Friday.

The Investigative Committee has received 541 reports about violations in the elections. The information has been checked, and 36 criminal cases have been opened for the present, and the decision was taken not to institute legal proceedings over 363 complaints. Some of the materials have been handed over to the Prosecutor-General's Office, as the investigators found no crime indications, and 139 complaints are under consideration in the committee. The inquiry is continuing, and decisions will be taken over the complaints, Bastrykin said.

The committee received many complaints from the Kemerovo Region (53), the Krasnodar Territory (46), the Rostov Region (38), the Voronezh Region (35), the Tver Region (33), the Sverdlovsk Region (30), the Republic of Bashkortostan (28), the Stavropol Territory (23), Moscow (16) and St Petersburg (15).

The criminal cases are opened in the Republic of Altai, the Astrakhan, Amur, Vladimir, Voronezh, Kaliningrad, Kemerovo, Leningrad, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Saratov, Smolensk and Tambov regions, the Republic of Bashkortostan, Mari-El, Tyva and the city of Moscow.

Two criminal cases are initiated in Moscow, two in the Moscow Region, four in the Vladimir Region and four in the Kemerovo Region.

Bastrykin noted that criminal cases were opened over violations committed not only in favour of United Russia, but also other parties.

The Investigative Committee (SK) has about 100 videos about violations at the elections, and all of them are being checked, Chairman of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin said at a question-and-answer governmental session in the State Duma on Friday.

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