The CEC took the Bulk of the documents for the nomination for President of Russia

MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. Blogger Alexei Navalny on Sunday evening submitted to the CEC the documents required for nomination for the election of the President, the correspondent of TASS.

On the morning of 24 Dec in a tent on the beach number 3 in Serebryany Bor in Moscow held a meeting of voters in support of self Navalny on elections of the President. For the nomination of blogger 742 voted in the meeting, by law, to register a group of voters enough 500 people. Lawyer based Navalny Fund of struggle against corruption Ivan Zhdanov announced that the candidate will try to submit documents to the CEC on the same day.

On weekends, the CEC accepts documents of candidates from 10:00 to 15:00 GMT. However, around 16:00 GMT journalists declared that the decision of the Chairman of the Central election Commission Ella Pamfilova working day extended due to the large number of applicants apply candidates.

Debate prep

Navalny arrived in the CEC building at approximately 19:30. He did not answer journalists ‘ questions, drank tea, while the members of his staff passed through the metal detector, and thanked the staff of the CEC for the long wait.

At this time, in the atrium of the CEC of the Christmas tree, where he waited for Navalny, there was another independent candidate – businessman Sergei Polonsky, whose working group has completed the reception of documents. He tried to start a debate with Navalny asked a few times what his profession, and was reminded that he is “developers”. To lead the country, said Polonsky, should be a person with a profession. Navalny said he didn’t even want to shake hands with him.

At the same time, the Central election Commission to submit documents came another independent candidate – journalist Oleg Lurie. Answering the question TASS, why he came to apply so late, Lurie replied that “I saw signatures of the initiative group”. He also tried to engage in a discussion with Bulk and Polonsky, but the Bulk went from opponents.

Skirmish accompanied by flashes of dozens of cameras around candidates a dense crowd were journalists and reporters. In the corridors of the Central election Commission late on Sunday evening it was fairly busy.

During the reception of documents Navalny joked and asked the staff working group of the CEC on the progress of the campaign, were interested in how the candidates have already submitted documents to the CEC. Executive Secretary of the working group, the CEC member Yevgeny Shevchenko said that the procedure for nomination has passed, the LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, filed documents, the business Ombudsman, the head of the Party of growth Boris Titov, the founder of “Yabloko” Grigory Yavlinsky and a number of other candidates.

Navalny asked what kind of turnout to expect in the CEC. “We believe that people will come to the polls and vote, it is a duty of each person”, – said Shevchenko. “That’s why I go to the polls,” the blogger responded.

He also praised the Christmas tree, installed in the atrium of the CEC under a glass dome. “Tree love” – he said.

The stages of the campaign

The independent candidate has until 7 January to submit to the CEC documents. The candidate must bring to the CEC application for registration of a group created in support of it, a notarized Protocol of registration of members of the group, minutes of the meeting of the group and the statement of consent to run, information on the amount and sources of income of the candidate and his wife in six years, data on property, Bank deposits and securities, real estate abroad, convictions. CEC within five days checks the documents, registers the group of voters, authorized candidate on financial issues and grants permission for opening of special election accounts.

Then comes the period of collecting signatures. To become a registered candidate in the election, independent candidate needs to collect 300 thousand signatures of voters and within the region may be collected no more than 7.5 thousand signatures. To submit documents to CEC for registration and signing will be from 27 December until 31 January, elections will be held March 18.

Conviction Of Navalny

According to Russian law, have no right to be elected citizens of the Russian Federation sentenced to deprivation of liberty for committing a grave or especially grave crimes and having on the voting day an unexpunged or outstanding conviction. In addition, they cannot be elected within 10 years after repayment or clearing of a criminal record for a serious offence, to have committed a particularly serious crime, this period is 15 years.

The bulk in 2017, was given a suspended sentence in the case of “Kirovles” for serious article of the Criminal code (“Misappropriation and embezzlement”, part 4 of article 160 of the criminal code), providing up to 10 years in prison. He was sentenced to five years probation with a probation period of one year and five months.

Navalny was also convicted on charges of embezzlement of company funds “Yves Rocher East” together with his brother Oleg Navalny in 2014. The court ruled against the brothers sentence under article 159.4 (“Fraud in the sphere of entrepreneurial activities”, later the article is no longer in force) and paragraph “a” of part 3 of article 174.1 of the criminal code (“Legalization of money or other property by a group of persons on preliminary arrangement”). Alexey Navalny got 3.5 years of imprisonment conditionally, his brother Oleg – 3.5 years in a General regime colony.

While Navalny has declared its intention to participate in the presidential campaign, arguing that, according to the Constitution, the right to be elected is not only the one who contains in prison.

The head of the CEC of the Russian Federation Ella Pamfilova had repeatedly explained that the Bulk at the moment may not stand for election due to the existing criminal records, it drew the attention of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation. According to Pamfilova, Navalny will be able to participate in the elections after 2028.

Similar restrictions apply to other candidates for elected office, having by law a limit on participation in the elections. So, before the constitutional court (CC) of the Russian Federation addressed the candidate in deputies of the representative body of municipal formation, whose registration for the elections was abolished by a court decision in connection with the absence of his passive electoral rights. The Complainant, who was the head of the municipality, in 2008 was found guilty of committing crimes under articles “receiving a bribe” and “Fraud” of the Criminal code of the Russian Federation, and a year later was released from further punishment, the conviction was removed.

The COP explained the case that “even if a conviction is removed or extinguished, such citizens can be elected only ten years, regardless of whether criminal punishment is appointed conditionally or subject to a real serving”. In a press-service of the COP noted that a law prohibiting to stand for election to all those who are sentenced to deprivation of liberty for committing grave and especially grave crimes, does not violate the constitutional rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. The court considered that the legislator is entitled to set increased requirements to the reputation of persons holding public office “so that citizens are not born of doubt in ethical and moral qualities of their elected representatives and, therefore, the legality and the unselfishness of their actions”.