Catching and “freshly baked citizens” in Russian elections

The publication says that by the beginning of September, there are about 100,000 people in the occupied territories and those who want to vote in the Russian parliamentary elections online. As a result, those who will not be able to vote remotely will be mobilized in early autumn, for example because they do not know how to use the Internet.

These people will be transported to Russian territory to vote in the traditional way. As a result, 15 polling stations were opened in the Rostov region.

Will vote for Russia

The decision of the Russian Central Electoral Commission is only about the fact that residents of the occupied territories of Ukraine with Russian passports will be able to vote only online, as most of them do not have a declared place of residence on Russian territory.

However, it is realistically planned to introduce such persons to the polling stations established in the Rostov region. People will be transported according to workplace lists. They will travel by bus to the Russian border. From there, they will have to travel on foot across six border crossings to Russian territory, where they will eventually be met again by buses to polling stations.

Among other things, polling stations are promised to be equipped with outlets where various products can be purchased cheaply.

„Reuters“/„Scanpix“ nuotr./Plakatas Donecke

The vote will take place over three days, from 17 to 19 September. without any lists in polling stations. Those arriving from the occupied territories will only need to present a passport issued by Russia.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has condemned Russia’s decision to allow occupied Donetsk and Luhansk residents to vote in elections to the State Duma.

“Such actions by Russia, together with the decision to hold elections to the State Duma in the occupied Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, are a gross violation of international law, Ukrainian law and the Constitution. “The organization of the elections and the encouragement of local residents who have been forcibly granted Russian citizenship may call into question the legitimacy of these elections,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.

Ukraine also called on the international community not to recognize the results of the Russian parliamentary elections.

How did the election campaign go?

In order to participate in the Russian parliamentary elections remotely, residents of the occupied territories of Ukraine must obtain an individual personal insurance account number.

Denis Pushilin, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, spoke about the earliest possible acquisition of such a number at the beginning of this year, when there was no talk about participation in the elections. Pušilinas explained that this is necessary for “closer integration with Russia”.

Tass / Photo by Scanpix / Vladimir Putin

Tass / Photo by Scanpix / Vladimir Putin

However, not everyone rushed to receive this document – they were offered Russian passports in addition. Especially since the residents of the occupied territories did not receive any social or any other benefits from Russia.

In April of this year, an active campaign was launched for the residents of the occupied territories to receive both a local passport and a Russian as well as the above-mentioned insurance number as soon as possible. They were also prompted to register on the Russian state service website.

A resident of Donetsk, whose name Radio Svoboda says is not published for security reasons, told the publication that people were forced not only to take out documents, but also to teach them to vote.

“One week ago, employees of state institutions, who were forced to register to vote in the Russian parliamentary elections, had to go in groups to the nearest consultation place, where they were trained to vote online. The training was monitored by specially appointed instructors, ”said a woman living in Donetsk.

The residents of occupied Donetsk were also helped to put together all the documents needed for online voting. For example, in schools, migration services, offices of public institutions.

During the election campaign in schools, it was explained to the parents of the students that by registering on the Russian state services website, they would be able to receive the so-called “Putin’s allowance” from September 1, 10 thousand. rubles (116 euros) for each child.

However, the Russian presidential decree states that only Russian citizens living in its territory are eligible for such a benefit, so neither Donetsk nor Luhansk residents will receive the benefit.

There was no political competition

If the people of occupied Donetsk and Luhansk were urged to participate in the elections, open political campaigns and party rivalries were not seen here. Election posters also mostly advertise only about the election itself.

According to Radio Svoboda’s interlocutors, at first an attempt was made to imitate the election campaign by bringing in the stands of as many as four political parties, but no one hung them.

In March of this year, forums “Russian Donbass” were launched in Donetsk, where they talked about the creation of “national Russian republics” in Donetsk and Luhansk. However, the forums quickly turned into congresses of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party.

One of the last is the so-called Donbass Liberation Day event on September 8, which was attended by dozens of representatives of “United Russia”.

In an attempt to inspire the people of occupied Donbass, local leaders D. Pushilin and the so-called leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, Leonid Pasečnik, also made promises to the people.

In particular, he promised to abolish the border between these “republics”. In addition, over the next three years to raise salaries one and a half times, and pensions almost one and a half times.

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