On Sunday, September 19, Alexander Malkevich, First Deputy Chairman of the Coordinating Council for Public Control over Voting of the Public Chamber of Russia, called the situation in St. Petersburg a “new level of fake”, where people with fake badges of the monitoring group of the commissions.
“In fact, we are not even talking so much about a fake, but about a criminal offense. <...> This is a new level of fake <...> Therefore, not only falsifications in social networks are living modern “fakecomets”, – he told REN TV.
Malkevich noted that the situation was stopped thanks to public observation and the OP. In his opinion, a criminal case should be initiated. At the same time, he added that the attackers have not yet been detained.
Earlier that day, it became known that a group of unknown persons were moving around St. Petersburg with fake documents and badges of members of the HRC monitoring group. However, citizens did not confine themselves to falsifying official documents – they also tried to threaten members of city election commissions.
According to the head of the coordinating council of the Public Chamber for public control over voting, Maxim Grigoriev, a large flow of fake information continues during the parliamentary elections. The OP also reported that in just two last voting days, about 10 thousand false messages about the elections were revealed, of which almost 7 thousand – on Friday, September 17.
In turn, the Safe Internet League told Izvestia that fakes are increasingly common on the social networks TikTok, YouTube, Facebook and Telegram. The organization noted that the CEC of Russia quickly responds to fake reports of violations in the conduct of elections.
In 2021, elections to the State Duma are held for the first time in a new, three-day format. September 19 is the main voting day, and September 17 and 18 are optional. In seven regions of the country, you can vote both online and in person at a polling station.
The possibility of electronic voting is provided to residents of Moscow, Murmansk, Kursk, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov and Yaroslavl regions, as well as Sevastopol.
Simultaneously with the elections to the State Duma, on a single voting day, direct elections are to be held for the heads of nine Russian constituent entities (in three more regions, deputies of the Legislative Assembly will elect the highest administrative persons) and 39 regional parliaments.