Media coverage of EPDE's listing as "undesirable" in Russia

Berlin, May 7, 2018

On 13 March 2018, the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) was classified as "undesirable organizations" by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation. EPDE protested against this decision and was supported by a number of international organisations. Several international key media report on the recent developments.



EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine #6

Kyiv, April 26, 2018

On 4 April, the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Policy and Justice confirmed the composition of a working group assigned to prepare the second reading of the draft Electoral Code No. 3112-1. The draft Electoral Code advocates a proportional system for parliamentary elections with open regional party lists. 



EPDE Policy Alert - Electoral Reform in Ukraine #5

Kyiv, April 19, 2018

The draft law, which proposes to introduce amendments to the Criminal Code, the Code of Administrative Offences, and the national and local electoral legislation, aims to address impunity and to improve the current flawed enforcement system for electoral crimes by harmonizing legislation and strengthening sanctions for election violations.



Kremlin-friendly election observers from Europe and US at the presidential elections in Russia

Moscow, April 16, 2018

While Russia’s Central Election Commission published a list of foreign observers present at the presidential elections, it refused to publicise the names of the foreign observers invited by the Federal Assembly. However we have identified 160 foreign observers who monitored the presidential election in Russia (125 observers out of 439). 



Censorship and manipulation: How the media affected the outcome of the election in Russia

Moscow, April 16, 2018

Networks of different media under the authorities’ control participated in the manipulative coverage of the election campaign—they set certain "frameworks" through which the individual candidates were to be perceived. These media all used the same patterns, forming a carnivalized, scandalous image of opposition candidates.



Foreign observation of the illegitimate presidential election in Crimea in March 2018

Moscow, April 3, 2018

Reputable monitoring organisations did not send any missions to observe the Russian presidential election in Crimea held on the 18th of March 2018. Aiming to give domestic and international legitimacy to the election in Crimea, the Russian authorities invited 43 foreign observers, out of which we have identified 35. 



Belarus after the local elections: Is the revival of the Belarusian electoral system possible?

Berlin, March 14, 2018

During the round-table meeting, organized in Berlin on 14 March by ZOiS and EPDE, the experts of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections" will discuss whether the reanimation of the electoral system can take place before the election in Belarus in 2020 and will look at the challenges of German-Belarusian relations in this context.



Golos investigation on how pseudo-public organizations simulate civic participation in Russian elections

Moscow, March 5, 2018

The simulation of the political process in Russia today looks like a conscious strategy whose goal is to replace real political activity in elections. Such substitution can become a serious challenge not only for the institution of elections, but for the entire civil society in the country.




Kyiv Dialogue in the regions

Lviv, March 2, 2018

In December 2017, the Kyiv Dialogue was accompanied in the regions by the film crew. Within the framework of the anti-corruption conference in Lviv, this short film shows how tireless efforts of activists, coordinators and participants from all over the country contribute to a better future for Ukraine.



Perspectives for EU-Russia relations

Brussels, February 28, 2018

At this conference the ALDE Group is going to present and discuss its “Blueprint for an EU Strategy towards Russia”, which outlines how a more active EU should engage to get Moscow to respect international law and also its human rights obligations laid down in the Russian Constitution.