“United Russia” is suspected of bribing voters


A resident of Chelyabinsk on Monday complained to the CEC Secretary General Council of “United Russia” Sergei Neverov for bribery of voters. The applicant, Alexander Lebedev, in his address (have) considered bribery that the party in power provides free lawyer Chelyabinsk worker Vladislav Kantemirova involved in an accident with a foreign car of the businessman Alexander Aristov, and agreed to pay compensation for it. The complaint Lebedev sent through the website of the CEC. Lebedev is the assistant to the Deputy of the state Duma, member of the faction of just Russia Alexander Ageev.

In February in Chelyabinsk, the accident occurred with the participation of the foreman of the Chelyabinsk pipe rolling plant Kantemirova and businessman Aristova, who was riding in the passenger seat Rolls-Royce Phantom. According to local media, the machine Kantemirova, drove into the intersection on a red light, crashed into a foreign car. Aristov, according to SPARK, is a member of the Board of Directors of JSC “Chelyabinsk electrometallurgical combine”, Rolls-Royce was on balance of the enterprise. Subsequently, the lawyers of works filed on Kantemirova to court, demanding compensation in the amount of 5.2 million rubles. the District court June 30 upheld the claim and ordered the worker to pay 3.4 million rubles.

After the court decision, the Secretary of General Council of “United Russia” Sergei Neverov said that the debt for the broken car will pay for the party. “In accordance with the law, any sum required for the recovery may not exceed 50% of salary. On the basis of a wage; these will take over the claim to repay on a monthly basis to the entity which filed a lawsuit this sum”, — cited the words Neverova website VGTRK June 30.

On 27 June the pre-election Congress of the party approved the list of candidates, Neverov nominated in single-mandate district in Smolensk region.

Promises legal services and financial assistance came after the Congress, June 30, so there are visible signs of article 5.16 of the administrative code (bribery of voters, says the co-Chairman of movement “the Voice” Grigory Melkonyants. “The criminal part is not here, as there is no coercion, etc. And the promise of services and money there. This is the reason for the withdrawal of the candidate. The CEC for this will have to go to court”, — the expert explains.

The applicant considers that the actions Neverov seen violation of part 2 of article 141 of the criminal code — obstructing the exercise of electoral rights or work of election commissions, connected with bribery of voters. According to the law for these actions there is a range of penalties from a fine of 100-300 thousand rubles to imprisonment for up to five years. Lebedev also asked to submit the documents to the Prosecutor General and the Investigative Committee to conduct the inspection.

“Distribution of gifts either cash or the promise of distribution of wealth in the future leads to a refusal to register a list of candidates, candidates from regional groups of candidates in single-mandate constituencies. The provision of services, including legal, at reduced prices or for free is also the bribery of voters,” — says Lebedev. He also asks the CEC to take action until the refusal to register lists of candidates of “United Russia” Neverov and separately as a candidate from the Smolensk region.

“You should carefully read the laws. First, candidates are not allowed to provide free services during election campaigning. The first statement Neverova [on this subject] was made on June 23, — reported in the written comments, submitted via a press-service of the party, first Deputy head of the CEC “United Russia” Konstantin Mazurowski. — Secondly, in this case, the current activities of our party, which in the framework of public reception is constantly holding consultations, including on legal issues, and this is a personal position Neverov as a citizen who can not remain indifferent to this situation. There is no propaganda purpose. Given the logic of the applicant, the legal centers of the “Fair Russia” (namely, an assistant to one of deputies of this party Lebedev in the past was, moreover, nominated by the party in the legislative Assembly of the Chelyabinsk region) are also grounds for refusal to register a list of this party. Finally, this appeal suggests that, perhaps, this statement is made on behalf of one of the parties to the conflict”.

Socialist-revolutionaries have repeatedly said that the main way to attract votes in these elections the party will be the centres for the protection of citizens ‘ rights, providing free legal assistance to the population.

appealed to the CEC with a request to comment on the situation at the time of publication no response had been received.