The Russian journalist who filmed
himself taking part in vote-rigging to prove that the country's State
Duma elections were unfair has been charged with electoral fraud.
Denis Korotkov, a correspondent for St.
Petersburg-based site Fontanka.ru, was arrested on charges of
“illegally obtaining a ballot.”
He took part in a vote rigging
technique known as “carousel voting,” allowing him to cast two separate votes in two separate polling stations. Those who took part
were paid for their work, and were made to take photographs of their
ballots to ensure they had voted for members of the ruling United
Russia party, Fontanka reported. Korotkov received the extra ballots
after showing election officials at certain polling stations a
sticker which had been placed in his passport, the outlet wrote.
No other arrests have been made in
relation to the vote-rigging scheme, Fontanka reported.
Elections for Russia's lower house of
parliament, the State Duma, saw a long-expected landslide victory for
United Russia on Sunday, Sept 18.
The head of Russia's
Central Election Commission (CEC), Ella Pamfilova, said that the vote had been
“open and transparent,” but admitted that it had not gone far
enough to regain the trust of the Russian people.
election monitors have declared that
the State Duma vote was “far from free and fair.”
More than 30 criminal
cases have been opened into suspected electoral violations, while
votes from nine separate polling stations have been annulled
following reports of rigged voting.