According to the Russian woman, they tried to contact her several times from the consulate in Haifa so that she would give explanations and that her daughter would come and write a refusal to vote.
“It was a very strange conversation, such pressure. Today they called me again, invited me to a meeting, but I’m afraid to appear on the territory of Russia and don’t understand what they want from me, ”added Yael Ilinski.
Ilyinsky wrote about her repeated voting on constitutional amendments on her Facebook page. According to her, all she managed to vote on the amendments three times – at the embassy in Tel Aviv, at the consulate in Haifa and through electronic voting. “They don’t ask you whether you are registered by electronic voting, and they don’t check it,” she wrote, adding that the ballot was also given to her underage daughter.
After that, the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Russia threatened Ilyinsky with criminal liability for multiple voting. In accordance with Part 2 of Art. 142.2 of the Criminal Code of Russia, for the illegal issuance and receipt of a ballot more than two times a fine of up to 300 thousand rubles is provided. or imprisonment for up to three years.
Maya Grishina, secretary of the Central Election Commission of Russia, explained that Russians can cast their vote abroad only after they appear. At the moment, there is no single electronic system and electronic lists for Russians living in different countries, so the electoral commission, according to her, relies only on the integrity of voters. If, according to her, “a citizen will be unscrupulous” and will vote in several polling stations or in different countries, criminal liability is envisaged. Grishina emphasized that this punishment is insurance of violations.
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A spokesman for the Russian president Dmitry Peskov, asking journalists if they should be punished several times to identify violations in the voting system, did not answer, but expressed confidence that the CEC would take into account all the imperfections of the system.
“If there are signals of any gaps or imperfections, I have no doubt that the CEC will take measures to clarify and, where necessary, make adjustments and improve working methods,” he concluded.