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The report of the experts on the lawfulness of the Russian election results stirred up heated debates

March 14, 2013, 11:02 UTC+3
According to the authors of the report, the election result of the United Russia Party at the elections to the State Duma in 2011 was falsified
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The Russian newspapers give comments on the report titled “The election system and the success of the state”, which the centre of problem analysis and state managerial planning has published on Wednesday. The centre was formed at the seminar. President of JSC Russian Railways (RZD) Vladimir Yakunin is a scientific supervisor of the seminar. According to the authors of the report, they took the official election results, which the Russian Central Election Commission has made public, and processed them with some special mathematical methods. Finally they claim that the election result of the United Russia Party at the elections to the State Duma in 2011 was falsified and the ruling party allegedly lost to the Communist Party. Meanwhile, the authors of the report named the presidential elections lawful, despite the fact that, in their view, 13% of votes were allegedly added to the official election result of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Vladimir Churov also named the results of the report far-fetched, and said over the published alleged election results that he asks “the staff to prepare the addresses of the Kashchenko psychiatric hospital and the Serbsky Institute” for the authors of the report, the Novye Izvestia daily noted.

The newspaper recalled that according to the CEC official election results, the election results in the sixth State Duma are the following: United Russia gained 49.32%, the Communist Party – 19.19%, A Just Russia – 13.24%, the LDPR – 11.67% of votes. The turnout reached 60.21%. However, the centre of problem analysis and state managerial planning claimed that actually the election results are quite different: the Communists polled 25-30%, United Russia – 20-25%, A Just Russia – 16-17%. The real turnout has made about 50%. “Contrary to United Russia Putin was elected lawfully,” the authors of the report noted. “In fact, 52% of voters cast their votes for Putin, and knee-crooking state officials added 13% of votes to him. Zyuganov has got about 20%. The coefficient of falsifications has been going down from December 2011 to March 2012. This is caused by the factor that Putin showed the political willpower, as he needed a fair victory. For this purpose he really gave the instructions to hold fair elections.”

Doctor of physico-mathematical and political sciences Stepan Sulakshin became the direct author of the survey. In his words, the report was drafted back in September 2012 and was passed to the press in December 2012 and was made public only on March 12. Meanwhile, Russian Railways stated that Vladimir Yakunin was not involved in the drafting of the report, because he is only the scientific supervisor of several scientists, who publish their works, including Stepan Sulakshin.

Political expert Pavel Salin, who is cited by the Novye Izvestia daily, believes that the foresaid publication was a signal, probably from Putin, probably from some part of establishment, which supports the All-Russia People’s Front. “Sooner, the authors of the report were aware that one of current variants for Putin and for some part of establishment is a dissolution of the State Duma,” the analyst noted. “Probably, they received the signal right now that this variant may be working,” he remarked.

Political expert, member of the Coordination Opposition Council Andrei Piontkovsky named the report as a sensation. “The report claims that the absolutely gravest state crime – a large-scale falsification of parliamentary and presidential elections was committed. This is the crime, this is the strongest blow on the incumbent authorities and on state institutes in general. It turns out that all our state institutes are illegitimate,” Piontkovsky noted. In his words, if Putin dissolves the State Duma under the pretext that they are “the thieves and crooks”, and the parliamentary elections were falsified, as the report claims, this will be a very strong blow to Putin.

Chief lawyer of the Communist Party Vadim Solovyev confirmed Sulakshin’s conclusions. “According to our analytical conclusions, we gained 35%, United Russia – 27%, A Just Russia – 12% and the LDPR failed to be elected in the parliament, as the party was on the edge of passing the election threshold,” he told the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily.

But the problem is that the Communists are not so glad about Sulakshin’s report, the newspaper noted. “The top functionaries of the ruling party arrived at conclusion that United Russia is some kind of Titanic, which had already stuck in its iceberg,” he said. In the view of Solovyev, the discrediting of United Russia can be used for promoting the All-Russia People’s Front and even probably for early elections in the State Duma already on new rules.

The newspaper claimed that the truth cannot be found now. On March 4 one year passed after the date of the presidential elections, as all ballot papers were to be eliminated in the regions after this date. All the election documentation over the elections in the State Duma was destroyed back in December 2012. CEC member from the Communist Party Yevgeny Kolyushin assumed that, therefore, the report over an alleged victory of the Communist Party was made public only now, though it had been drafted before.


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