Criminal Investigations of Parliament Elections

The official representative of the Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin has said that 26 criminal cases had been opened on violations during the parliament elections on December 4, 2011.

The Committee received over 350 applications about breaches of the election law. It has been decided not to proceed with official investigation in 158 cases. The number of criminal investigations may increase as the investigators are still examining over 100 cases.

Most violations concern bribing voters, ballot box stuffing, coercion to vote. ‘Violations concern almost all political parties,’ said Vladimir Markin. 'For instance, in Vladimir a local resident was detained in an attempt to stuff the 21st ballot into a ballot box in favour of one of political parties. In the Leningrad Region a woman was bribing voters, offering them 300 roubles ($10) for voting in favour of a particular party.'