Magistrate’s court in St. Petersburg on 20 October dismissed the administrative case against the correspondent of the Internet newspaper “Fontanka” Denis Korotkov. Journalist who discovered the “carousel” at a polling station in the Northern capital, with the filing of organizers of rigging accused of illegally obtaining ballots. At the meeting a reporter showed them captured on video exposing the attempt to rig the election, after which the court decided to stop the persecution of the member of “Fontanka” in the absence of corpus delicti.

In the case mentioned, that] in the single voting day on September 18 received in the precinct election Commission 616 Petersburg newsletters on other people, reports RIA “Novosti”. Then the correspondent was taken to the 64th police Department, where he was made the administrative Protocol under part 2 of article 5.22 of the administrative code (illegal receipt of the ballot). Then the journalist was released.

He shortly explained that he had received ballots in the Kirov district on a plot of 616 for his passport for another person within the framework of journalistic experiment, to detect “carousel.” For this he put in a special identification mark and a member of the PEC gave him four bulletins, though the residence of the reporter testified that he was in another area of Frunze. Plot Korotkova told me to sign for another person.

After a reporter presented, the Commission stated its intention to investigate the situation and called the police, who took the journalist to the station. After about a week it became known that Korotkov will be judged.

An employee of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Kirov district of Smirnov, which was the Protocol on the correspondent article of the administrative code, failed to appear on October 20 in the World court of St. Petersburg to testify, according to “Fontanka”. Korotkov guilt at the meeting was not recognized. “What, Your honor, I confess? The phrase about the purpose of the vote was not born except in the fevered imagination of the employees of the police, nowhere else. Lieutenant Smirnova and its leaders were certain that I immediately handed over the papers and he himself drew attention to fraud,” – said the journalist.

The court “to ensure full consideration of the case” has decided to explore the revelatory videotape of the reporter’s phone. Also, the journalist explained briefly to the judge, with what purpose did you come to the area 616 in the Kirov district on the day of elections to the state Duma, on September 18.

After that the court went to the consultative room, and after a quarter of an hour returned with the decision to dismiss Korotkova. The actions of the journalist did not find the offense.

Informed “Fontanka” found out that a ballot on 616 plot in the Kirov region illegally, the citizen of Ukraine who was not a member of the PEC. The publication wrote that we are talking about 31-year-old Natalia Machine, which operates in the Northern capital Barber.

Illegal scheme to “Fontanka” before the experiment, told supporters of the candidate from the Party of Growth Dmitry Pavlov. They reported that a resident of the city with a special mark in the passport – sticker “84” – in the Kirov district may vote on two dozen sites, regardless of the place of registration. The work of the “carousel” was organized by “foremen”, who reported that everyone can earn money if you come to certain areas and vote for the candidate in the state Duma Vitaly Milonov and Denis Chetyrbok elected to the Legislative Assembly.

According to the newspaper, the instructors handed out route sheets with the numbers of the PEC and the that “karuselschiki” was to call the members of the Commission before receiving a ballot. Passport were given special stickers for identification. Voters need to send supervisors through messengers photo newsletter.

A court in St. Petersburg dismissed the case opened against the “carousel” in the election of the correspondent of “Fontanka” 20.10.2016

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