Week-ending 26 March 2021
This week the independent election monitor Golos that was founded in 2002 expressed concern when its expert Vasily Weissenberg, an independent Russian journalist and elections expert, reported receiving threats toward his family after he published an article on the Golos website questioning why the salary of the head of the electoral commission in the Yamal-Nenets autonomous district, Andrei Gibert, was higher than that of the governor of Yamal-Yenets.
‘Зарплата главы избиркома Ямала больше, чем у губернатора,’ Vasily Weissenberg, Golos, 18 March 2021
‘«Голос» крайне обеспокоен угрозами в адрес семьи эксперта движения Василия Вайсенберга,’ Golos, 26 March 2021
The Moscow Times: An independent Russian journalist and elections expert has reported receiving threats toward his family and surveillance over his article about a regional elections official seeking re-election to the State Duma this September. Vasily Weissenberg, an expert at the independent Golos election monitor, had published an article about Andrei Gibert, the head of the Yamal-Nenets autonomous district’s electoral commission. The article alleges that Gibert’s salary is several times higher than that of fellow regional election officials and surpasses that of the Yamal-Nenets governor.