Golos receives reports of election abuses from different parts of Russia

Observers from Golos association have not identified 'merry-go-rounds' or ballot-stuffing in the elections of the mayor of Khimki near Moscow on Sunday, however, the association continues receiving reports of grave abuses from Bryansk and Ryazan regions as well as the cities of Barnaul and Saratov.

"Golos correspondents report that they had difficulties with access to polling stations in Khimki, with obtaining information and checking voters' lists. There have been no other difficulties so far," an official newsletter of the association received by Interfax on Sunday says.

It notes that as at 1 p.m. Golos monitors in Khimki had filed two complaints, registered five instances of restrictions in movements in the electoral district. There were also four cases of restrictions of photography and filming and one instance of the removal of a monitor from a polling station.

Meanwhile, the coordinators of the association in the provinces and a representative of the Golos call center had a conference call with the Moscow information center of the association. They said that ballot-stuffing and massive transportation of voters to polling stations were registered in the city of Ryazan and in Ryazan region, in Barnaul, and in Saratov region.

"We have started receiving reports of organized busing of voters from Irkutsk, Vladimir and Novgorod regions. There are reports of massive voting with absentee ballots. A very big turnout with absentee ballots has been registered in the town of Kasimov in Ryazan region. We succeeded in finding out that voters are offered 1,000 rubles  (about $30) each for taking an absentee ballot," call center representative Anastasia Iliyuchva said during the conference call.

She said that attempts of ballot-stuffing were recorded in the cities of Tver, Saratov and Engels, and in Krasnodar territory. "Stacks of marked ballots prepared for stuffing were discovered in Krymsk, Krasnodar territory. We expect that the number of reports will grow," she said.

Interfax has not obtained confirmation of this information from other sources.

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