On the Upcoming Elections

posted 29 Nov 2011, 08:21 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 Nov 2011, 08:21 ]
Source: HRO.org (info), 28/11/11 

· Electoral rights   · Human Rights Defenders 

Statement by the International Memorial Society 

Over the past few years Russia has been moving in a dangerous direction. More than once in our history, a monopoly on political power has led to catastrophic consequences. The only way to ensure political competition is through elections. There is no need to enumerate the obvious drawbacks of the upcoming elections to the State Duma or to highlight the obvious bad faith with which they are being organized. 

The widespread misuse of administrative resources by the authorities is already creating distrust concerning the future results. Nevertheless, we believe it is important to consider these elections seriously and to take part into them. This is first of all because there is nothing more useful to those who wish to rig the results than a low turnout. We believe it is right to take part in the elections, and not to leave the ballot paper to fraudsters. [Read more]