Teacher Who Revealed Falsifications Must Pay Fine
- The Moscow Times
- Jun. 04 2012 00:00
- Last edited 10:54
AáSt. Petersburg court ordered schoolteacher Tatyana Ivanova toápay 30,000 rubles ($890) after she reported falsifications ináDecember elections.
Theádecision partially satisfied aácase brought byáRegional Board ofáEducation head Natalya Nazarova, which originally sought 100,000 rubles toáprotect her reputation andáfor "moral suffering."
“I understand that politics is a very dirty thing, but of course, if they offered to let me participate one more time in the election campaign, I would not mind taking the place of [elections chief Vladimir] Churov," Ivanova said on her way out of the courtroom, Fontanka.ru reported.
Nazarova brought theácase against theáteacher after Ivanova said theáeducation board andáthe city elections committee had organized falsifications in State Duma andálocal Dec. 4 elections ináSt. Petersburg.
Ivanova said that when she headed aávoting station atáa city school inápolls, election workers were instructed toáforge signatures andásubmit extra election ballots ináfavor ofáUnited Russia. She said the workers were asked toáignore violations of voting rules, andápolling station heads were promised 70,000 rubles toácooperate. Ivanova said she refused theámoney, andáas aáresult, United Russia received one ofáthe lowest results ináthe city atáher polling station.
As theástory gained attention ináthe media, pressure mounted atáthe school, andáIvanova, who had taught forámore than 30 years, said she had toáleave her position.
The case has gathered attention inásocial networks, andáInternet users said they would help pay the fine.
Supporters flooded theácourt hearing Friday, spilling out intoáthe street. Several dozen outside held flowers along with theáwhite ribbons that have become symbols ofáopposition’s protest.
Some supporters even came fromáMoscow toáattend theá3 1/2-hour court session, RIA-Novosti reported.
Ivanova's lawyers said she would appeal the decision.