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The experts questioned the lawfulness of the Russian parliamentary elections in 2011

March 13, 2013, 11:36 UTC+3

According to the report of the centre of problem analysis and state managerial planning the election result of the United Russia Party was falsified

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The centre of problem analysis and state managerial planning has made public the report titled “The election system and the success of the state” on Tuesday. The report was drafted within the framework of the seminar. President of JSC Russian Railways (RZD) Vladimir Yakunin is a scientific supervisor of the seminar. The authors of the report claimed that the election result of the United Russia Party was falsified and the ruling party allegedly lost to the Communist Party in 2011.

The Kommersant daily noted that the report was drafted at a seminar devoted to the problems of drafting and fulfilling the state policy and governance. Vladimir Yakunin, who is the chief of the chair of state politics in the department of political science at the Moscow State University, is the scientific supervisor of the seminar. Doctor of physico-mathematical and political sciences Stepan Sulakshin is the author of the report and co-head of the seminar. The seminar was held last autumn (the report was passed for publishing last December), but Sulakshin claims that the report was not made public until Tuesday, March 12.

With the use of the mathematical statistical method the authors have found an unnatural growth in the popularity of United Russia amid a high turnout. The common conclusion of the report is that the election results were rigged at the elections to the State Duma, and United Russia allegedly lost to the Communist Party. The reconstructed election results are the following: the Communist Party – about 30%, United Russia – 22%, A Just Russia – 1617%. “When the falsified results are forming a contrary political structure, it should be understood how the tensions originate in the society,” the authors stated. Meanwhile, they called Vladimir Putin’s victory at the presidential elections lawful, as “only” 12% are allegedly added to this official election result, because after the protest actions “the instructions were given to hold fair elections.”

The Kremlin and United Russia were sceptical about the conclusions of the report. “The lawfulness of the elections is determined by the Central Election Commission. The official election results should be challenged not in the reports, but in the courts with concrete facts,” a source in the Russian presidential administration told the Kommersant daily. “Probably, 30 million voters, who supported our party in 2011, is not an indicator of lawfulness for Sulakshin. Then let him analyse other elections. For instance, the elections were held for 420 deputy seats last Sunday. Our party gained 73% at the elections of the heads in the municipal entities and 68.6% in the elections of deputies. United Russia has own in 77 out of 107 elections of chief executives in 54 federal constituents in 2013 and gained 70.6% of votes in the elections of deputies. These figures are the best answer to Sulakshin,” Secretary of the United Russia General Council Sergei Neverov said.

The newspaper noted that the report is remarkable not only with its conclusions, but also with the time of its publication, when the proposals became more frequent that the State Duma may be dissolved. Earlier sources of the newspaper in the State Duma and United Russia said that the presidential administration is pondering over a scenario, under which the dissolution of the lower house of Russian parliament that makes the voters irritating, can promote the growth of the rating of President Vladimir Putin. The sociological surveys showed irritating moods towards the State Duma.


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