Contents tagged with Russian elections

  • Kremlin considers canceling regional gubernatorial elections

    The Kremlin is considering canceling the gubernatorial elections in September for some regions due to the country’s economic situation, Kommersant reported.

    According to the newspaper, citing sources in the Kremlin, a number of regional governors have requested that such a move be made. Kommersant is owned by Alisher Usmanov, a pro-Kremlin oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    The newspaper argues that the governors have requested the cancellation due to the economic …

  • Estonia refuses Russian request to open additional polling stations for the presidential elections

    The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied the Russian Embassy’s request to open additional polling stations for Russia’s presidential elections.

    ERR reports that Sandra Kamilova, a spokesperson for the Estonian Foreign Ministry, confirmed this decision to the news service Radio 4.

    "Representatives of foreign countries operating in Estonia have the right to hold elections only with the permission of the Estonian Foreign Ministry. They [the elections] may only be conducted in their …

  • Putin called for social media activities of ‘certain companies’ to be monitored during elections

    On Monday, December 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for the activities of "some companies" in social networks to be monitored during the upcoming presidential elections. He also called for an assessment of the extent of their involvement in domestic politics.

    He did not directly name any of the companies, nor did he differentiate any particular concerns between the activities of foreign or local firms. However, Putin’s call comes in the aftermath of accusations by the United States …

  • Putin announces he will run in 2018 election

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting with employees of the GAZ car plant in Nizhny Novgorod, said he would run for office in March 2018, reported Vedomosti.

    "I will be a candidate in the presidential elections,” Putin told one of the workers of the GAZ car plant. In turn, the worker asked Putin to give the workers such a gift and assured him that they would all support him.

    This  will be Putin’s fourth term.

    Earlier, others other candidates announced their intention to run for the …

  • Linkevicius: Lithuania does not recognize legitimacy of Russian elections in Crimea

    Lithuania refuses to recognize the legitimacy of the elections to the Russian State Duma that took place in the Crimea. The Russian MPs elected in the Crimea will not be considered as legitimate by Lithuania with all the attendant consequences, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius stated in his interview with DELFI.

    “It doesn’t mean the direct assessment of elections as a whole; it means that we believe everything that is happening in the Crimea to be illegal. We don’ …

  • Kirby: The US will not recognize the results of the Russian election in Crimea

    Washington will not recognize the results of the Russian Duma elections in the Crimea, according to State Department spokesman John Kirby. "The United States does not recognize the legitimacy… [and will not] recognize the results of the elections of the Russian State Duma, which are planned on the occupied territory of the Crimea on the 18th of September," Kirby said.

    According to Kirby, the US position on the Crimea is clear, "the peninsula remains an integral part of Ukraine."

    The …

  • Crimean Tatar leader calls on Ukraine to insist on recognizing Russian Duma elections as illegitimate

    A Ukrainian politician and public figure and leader of the Crimean Tatar national movement in Ukraine, Refat Chubarov, stated that Ukraine should demand recognition of illegitimacy of the entire newly elected Stated Duma of the Russian Federation, as he stated on the TV Channel 112.

    "Ukraine should demand the recognition of illegitimacy not only of those deputies who will be elected through illegal elections in the Crimea, but also of the entire State Duma of the Russian Federation. It is …

  • Kiev informs Russia that it is prohibited from carrying out elections on Ukrainian territory

    Ukraine has prohibited Russia from holding State Duma elections on its territory, as reported by the press secretary of the President, Svyatoslav Tsegolko. "The President instructed the Minister of Foreign Affairs to inform Moscow that they would not be allowed to hold elections in Ukraine," he wrote on Twitter.

    Russian elections will be held on the 18th of September. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that polling stations are planned in the …