×
Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

Hunger Strike in Astrakhan to Protest Mayoral Election

Ten people in Astrakhan have announced a hunger strike to attract attention to falsification during the March 4 mayoral election and cancel its results, independent vote monitor Golos said in an emailed statement Saturday.

The participants, which include former mayoral candidate and leader of the regional branch of A Just Russia Oleg Shein, are demanding that the results of the election be cancelled.

A Just Russia refused to recognize the victory of United Russia candidate Mikhail Stolyarov, who officially won 60 percent of the vote.

During an unsanctioned March 10 rally attended by about 100 people, Shein said he was the real winner of the election. Officially, Shein received about 30 percent of the vote.

The decision to hold a hunger strike was made after activists trying to submit evidence of falsification were escorted from the Regional Election Commission office by police, the statement by Golos said.

The organization's executive director Lilia Shibanova expressed full support for the protesters, citing mass falsifications in both the December and March elections and the lack of measures taken by authorities to prevent them.

The protesters also submitted an appeal to President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and several other officials in an attempt to cancel the results the election.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more