In Moscow, the nomination of candidates for municipal elections has ended, compared to 2017, there are fewer people who want to run. Political forces complain about the lack of candidates, their removal from the elections and double namesakes
The total number of nominated candidates for municipal elections in Moscow amounted to 7326 people, RBC told Deputy head of the Moscow City Electoral Committee Dmitry Reut. The commission finished accepting documents for nomination on July 26 at 18:00.
Elections will be held in the capital in 125 out of 146 districts in autumn. A total of 1,417 deputies will be elected. For the municipal elections in Moscow, the rules for the formation of councils of municipal deputies were clarified— their number began to depend on the number of voters in the district, as a result of which the number of mandates decreased by 85 compared to 2017.
None of the parties, except for United Russia, put forward a number of candidates equal to the number of mandates. The branch of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation nominated 984 people, «Fair Russia— For the truth»— 626, “New People”— 580, LDPR— 381, and “Apple” (which, according to the results of the elections in 2017, won 11.7% of the mandates, becoming the second political force)— 224 candidates.
The number of candidates compared to the last municipal elections in 2017 has decreased. At that time, 8330 applicants applied for participation in the elections in Moscow, which amounted to a record & mdash; this was 1.7 times higher than the number of those nominated than in 2012, and was twice as many as in 2008.
As Nikolai Zubrilin, head of the Moscow city committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, told RBC, there were more people who wanted to be nominated, but there are the conditions “which must be observed in the preparation of candidates,” & mdash; they must be supporters of the Communist Party and share its program. The average age of candidates from the Communist Party — 35 & ndash; 45 years old, most have higher education and experience in social and political activities— many of the current municipal councils of Moscow.
Priority was given to experienced candidates in the Liberal Democratic Party, the party experience of many running for about five years, said Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Boris Chernyshov. According to him, “solid, serious people with a good background” will come from the party, the party had no shortage of people who wanted to be promoted.
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According to the coordinator of the municipal campaign in Moscow, Anna Trofimenko, the New People did not face a shortage of candidates either. “We are not faced with the problem of recruiting candidates, but of selecting those whom we can nominate,” — she told RBC, adding that the party had abandoned the idea of an “electoral Uber”. The average age of the candidate— 35 years old, by occupation in first place— entrepreneur, on the second— student, noted Trofimenko.
Co-founder of the Candidate Assistance Project “Nomination” Alexander Zamyatin told RBC that he considers the main difficulty of this campaign a small number of people who decided to run for municipal elections. According to him, initially there are no more than 300 candidates, of which “150 have sufficient motivation.” He sees the main reason for the lack of interest in the events in Ukraine. “It demotivated a lot of people. Someone is now afraid to engage in politics in principle, someone has left, someone does not see the point in local politics, — said Zamyatin.
Deputy of the Moscow City Duma from Yabloko Maxim Kruglov in a conversation with RBC noted that “despite the risks, including those of a criminal nature, associated with campaigning for peace,” the party managed to nominate almost 230 people. “It is completely incomprehensible how many people will eventually reach the elections,” — said Kruglov.
Detentions and charges of extremism
Since the beginning of the municipal campaign in Moscow in mid-June, police have detained at least 24 active deputies and district activists who have declared their intention to participate in the September elections. They were brought to administrative responsibility for publicly displaying prohibited symbols (Article 20.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). A court decision on this article that has entered into force entails a ban on participation in elections for a year. It was mainly about old posts on social networks mentioning “Smart Voting”— Alexei Navalny's strategy for voting for alternative candidates with the greatest chance of winning. In September 2021, Roskomnadzor blocked the Smart Voting website. for connection with the Anti-Corruption Foundation (recognized as a foreign agent, an extremist organization, banned in Russia and liquidated).
On the first day of the campaign, June 14, the protocols were drawn up for the deputies of the Cheryomushki district, Yulia Shcherbakova and Elena Selkova, for the next & mdash; on the deputy of the Akademichesky district Levon Smirnov. For ten days under Art. On 20.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses, Otradnoye district deputy Ruslan Borovskoy, activist Yevgeny Lebedev, and candidate Maya Baidakova were arrested.
Municipal deputy of Akademichesky district Nodari Khananashvili received a fine of 1 thousand rubles, 2 thousand rubles. the former candidate for the State Duma, Marina Litvinovich, and the candidate for Northern Medvedkovo, Sergei Romanov, must pay 1.5 thousand rubles & mdash; Deputy of the Pechatniki District Vitaly Tretyukhin.
For the “Smart Voting” sticker by car, the head of the Yakimanka district, the deputy chairman of the Moscow Yabloko, was arrested for 15 days Andrey Morev. Morev claimed that the sticker was pasted by unknown people. On June 21, the police detained Sergei Ross, a candidate for municipal deputies.
Administrative cases were filed against candidates for deputies for discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (Article 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). Former candidate for the State Duma and co-founder of the platform for helping candidates for the Mundeps, Mikhail Lobanov, served 15 days of arrest due to two posts on social networks about a special operation in Ukraine, for 50 thousand rubles. Sergey Tsukasov, a deputy of the Ostankino district, Pavel Yarilin, the Mundep of the Airport district, was fined; for 40 thousand rubles. under Art. 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses.
The TEC of the Zyuzino district refused to register candidate Konstantin Yankauskas, citing his involvement in an extremist organization. On July 25, the first court session was held to cancel the registration of Sergei Tsukasov with a similar motivation. The law prohibiting those involved in extremism from being elected has been in force since the summer of 2021.
At the last elections, on the same basis, in particular, the candidates from Yabloko were removed; Lev Shlosberg to the State Duma and Nikolai Kuzmin to the Pskov Legislative Assembly. The politicians appealed the removal to the Constitutional Court, emphasizing that there was no separate court decision on their involvement in extremist activities, but the Constitutional Court rejected the complaint.
Some self-nominated candidates were denied registration due to invalidation of the collected signatures or errors in filling out documents. Denis Prokuronov was denied registration due to false information: he indicated that he was a candidate affiliated with a person— a foreign agent, as he worked for an NGO-foreign agent, but the Ministry of Justice did not confirm this.
Candidates from the Duma parties have not yet experienced massive problems with registration. According to Boris Chernyshov, almost 70% of the candidates from the LDPR are currently registered, almost all candidates from the New People have been registered, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation received 14 refusals, Nikolai Zubrilin told RBC.
At the moment, from the project «Nomination» 41 candidates out of 99 who submitted their signatures were registered from Roman Yuneman's project “Society. Future»— 45 people, nine more are waiting for registration, four were not admitted.
Some candidates used the tactic of nomination in several districts at once. So, Samson Sholademi was registered as a candidate in Pechatniki, although he had previously been denied registration in the Perovo district.
Several parties announced at once that they were faced with namesake candidates. “Apple” reported that at least 11 candidates for the mundeps were put forward by people with consonant surnames. Almost all namesakes of Yabloko candidates go as self-nominated, noted in the party. In the coalition “Nomination” announced 11 such candidates, the candidate for mundeps from the association of Roman Yuneman «Society. Future» Nikolai Kolosov said that two more people with the same surname had come forward in the Chertanovo area.
The Communist Party of the Russian Federation also spoke about the problem with the nomination of namesakes. “Spoilers began to appear more and more in the form of namesakes or with similar surnames. We believe that this is a violation of the right of voters to freely express their will, which is prescribed in the electoral legislation,»,— said Nikolay Zubrilin. Previously, he estimated the number of “understudy candidates” 21 people.
«New people» reported four namesake candidates. “We are not taking any special actions in this regard, we are simply intensifying the work— we go from door to door, campaigning, meeting people, — Anna Trofimenko noted in a conversation with RBC.
Earlier, the poll “Moscow. An electoral survey conducted by Russian Field showed that 84% of Muscovites do not know about the municipal elections in September. At the same time, the majority of Muscovites (60%) plan to take part in the elections.
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