Putin awards head of Moscow Election Committee’s legal department despite scandals regarding Moscow Duma elections

Putin awards head of Moscow Election Committee’s legal department despite scandals regarding Moscow Duma elections
Rima Kuznetsova

Earlier, mass protests were held in Moscow due to the refusal to allow the opposition to participate in elections.

Russian President Vladimir Putin conferred the title of Honored Lawyer to the Head of the Legal Department of the Moscow City Election Committee, Rima Kuznetsova, “for her merits in the development and improvement of electoral law and many years of diligent work,” follows from the presidential decree issued on July 17. Yesterday, about a thousand Moscow residents came out to protest against the decisions of election commissions to refuse to register for the election almost all opposition candidates. 

Thirteen out of the 19 opposition and independent candidates were removed from the Moscow City Duma elections, based on the rejection of voter signatures they collected on the last day of reviewing documents, Open Media writes. On July 14 and 16, protests were held in the Russian capital.

In addition, the media found out that the Moscow City Election Committee concluded two contracts for the legal training of the commission members, which cost the budget 16.4 million rubles ($ 255.000). One of the contractors, however, stated that they did not work with the election commissions. It was the autonomous non-profit organization “Educational and Methodological Center for Documentation and Management”, which, according to the contract, was to conduct educational campaign for 315 members of district electoral commissions and 3,866 PEC members. Since 2011, the NGO has received eight government contracts for almost 55 million rubles ($ 875.000) from the Moscow City Election Committee.

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