Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Russia: CPRF statement on the election results

In a statement concerning the recent legislative elections, the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) demands the cancellation of the electronic voting results as fraud, a fair and open investigation on each violation case and calls the Russian government to stop the persecution of Party members and supporters!

The full statement of party is the following: 

"The 2021 Parliamentary Election ended on Sunday demonstrated a compelling success of the CPRF having highlighted its overwhelming support by the Russian society.

The Communist Party of the Russian Federation, being the major authentic opposition to the ruling party and widely supported by all strata of the population along with left-patriotic forces has successfully performed with the official result close to 19% of total votes.

We were supported by almost 10 million 661 thousand people. This is the best result of the Communist Party in the present century. The faction of the Communist Party in the State Duma will increase by 15 parliamentarians.

In four regions the CPRF was ahead of the “United Russia” (“UR”). They were: the Republic of Mari El (36 per cent of the CPRF), Yakutia (35 per cent), Khabarovsk Territory and the Nenets Autonomous Region. More than 30% of support our comrades gained in Ulyanovsk and Omsk regions, Altai Krai and the Republic of Altai and Hakassia.

In other 37 regions the results were ranging from 20 to 30 per cent.

In regional legislative elections of 38 regional parliaments the CPRF gained 254 mandates (previously there were 158 ones).

So, the abovementioned results explicitly demonstrate a trend of interception of the initiative away from the “party in power”.

But unfortunately, political stance of a true political power with sufficient support of the population nowadays guarantees no fair result. Despite the statement made by the government spokesman Dmitry Peskov to the press about transparency and honesty of the elections the CPRF faced a substantial resistance from the ruling party and local authorities in getting  fair results.

Seeking for political domination in the Parliament the “party in power” has modified the law related to electoral procedures.

It’s quite obviously that the electoral campaign and the voting itself were artificially extended from September 17th to 19th set up new standards of what once was due process.

The innovative extension of voting up to three days was officially explained by the necessity to stop the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic, but in fact it was used to force the public sector employees to massively “increase” the polling figures of the “UR” party.

Against exit polls data and common sense the United Russia ensured its victory by “other” methods gaining about 50% of the overall votes and so called “constitutional majority” enabling it to control the Parliament. Access to country’s resources and power lust made it extremely inventive as of voting methods and counting.

After radical amendments to the Russian Constitution last July, the ruling regime has launched continuous attacks aimed at elimination of strong competitors from the ranks of the opposition headed by the CPRF as number one.

Thus, five CPRF candidates for the regional Heads were excluded from the voting list under false pretext  and one of them, presidential ex-candidate Pavel Grudinin who was running against V. Putin with about 9 million supporters, was groundlessly brought to trial.

The mainstream media only followed the activities of the “United Russia” candidates deliberately ignoring the opposition.

Besides manipulation with electoral lists, the namesakes of the CPRF candidates were deliberately included in the “UR” lists aiming to confuse the voters.

Another trick invented by the ruling bourgeoisie was electronic voting in the mostly populated regions, crucially important for the “UR”.

Electronic voting removes parties from the electoral process and makes it impossible to control or challenge the results, though adding up significantly to the overall voting figures.

As of 19:00 on September 19th, the average results of the Communist Party in Moscow were comparable to the “United Russia”, but by the next morning the numbers had magically dropped by third or even a half. It is impossible to grow so much in an hour!

Numerous protests and complaints about violation of the electoral legislation have followed the official announcement of the voting results.

The CPRF and thousands of Party supporters all over the country got together picketing against electoral lawlessness of the authorities.

The bourgeois regime, scared with  people’s outrage, attempted to intimidate  CPRF members and supporters by blocking Party premises in some regions, arresting some Party activists and promising to block the website of the CPRF.

CPRF demands cancelation of the electronic voting results as fraud!

CPRF demands fair and open investigation on each violation case!

CPRF demands an immediate stop of persecution of Party members and supporters!"