The head of the Central Election Commission of Russia, Ella Pamfilova, said that the politician Andrei Pivovarov, who is in jail, is registered with the CEC as a candidate in the parliamentary elections and his passive electoral right will be respected. Her words leads RIA Novosti.
“Regarding registration, regardless of the fact that he is in the FSIN, his passive right is not affected, he has the right to participate in the campaign and he … is registered with us as a candidate from the Yabloko party in regional group 89,” Pamfilova said.
May 31 Pivovarova removed from the plane that took off from the St. Petersburg airport Pulkovo, and was taken to the FSB office at the airport. In the future, he presented the charge under Art. 284.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – carrying out the activities of an undesirable organization.
Pivovarov, speaking with a speech in court, asked him to choose any measure not related to arrest, since “he himself is interested [в суде] even more than the investigation ”, because he is confident that he will be able to prove his innocence. Pivovarov stressed that the charges against him have nothing to do with the real goals of the court. In his opinion, everything that happens is connected with the desire to limit his political activities before the elections to the State Duma. He also named the wording about the threat to the constitutional order by posting on Facebook is humiliating for the state.
According to the investigation, while in Krasnodar in 2010, Pivovarov shared a post on his Facebook page with an appeal to support independent candidates in the municipal elections and thereby took part in the activities of an “undesirable organization”.
On May 27, the Open Russia Council made a decision to liquidate the organization.
At the same time, the statement of the employees of “Open Russia” emphasized that they would continue to “support independent politicians, engage in education and provide legal support to victims of arbitrary power – to the best of their ability.”