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Moscow Regional Election Commission spokeswoman Irina Konovalova says the chairman of the Mytishchi election commission has been asked to report on Novaya Gazeta's allegations (file photo).

Moscow Regional Election Commission spokeswoman Irina Konovalova says the chairman of the Mytishchi election commission has been asked to report on Novaya Gazeta's allegations (file photo).

A respected Russian newspaper says it has uncovered substantial falsifications at 68 polling places in the Moscow suburb of Mytishchi during local and national legislative elections in September.

A respected Russian newspaper says it has uncovered substantial falsifications at 68 polling places in the Moscow suburb of Mytishchi during local and national legislative elections in September.

In a report published on November 4, Novaya Gazeta said that the ruling United Russia party received 2,000 fake votes in the elections to the Russian parliament's lower chamber, the State Duma, and the Moscow Regional Duma.

The newspaper said it analyzed data obtained from 84 of the 96 polling places in Mytishchi and determined that the number of votes actually cast and the number recorded in the automated Vybory (Elections) system differed significantly.

The report added to allegations of widespread fraud in the parliamentary elections, which handed United Russia more than 340 seats in the State Duma.

Moscow Regional Election Commission spokeswoman Irina Konovalova, said on December 5 that the chairman of the Mytishchi Territorial Election Commission had been invited to report about the situation.

"We will make a decision after talking with him," Konovalova said.

The opposition party Yabloko said that it plans to ask state prosecutors to investigate Novaya Gazeta's data.

Based on reporting by Novaya Gazeta, TASS, and Interfax
Ildar Dadin

Ildar Dadin

Russian prison service officials say jailed activist Ildar Dadin has been transferred out of the prison in northwestern Russia where he said he has been beaten and tortured.

Russian prison service officials say jailed activist Ildar Dadin has been transferred out of the prison in northwestern Russia where he said he has been beaten and tortured.

The Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) said on December 5 that Dadin had been transferred out of the IK-7 penitentiary in the northwestern town of Segezha over the weekend and sent to a different prison. It said that Dadin's new location will be disclosed to his relatives only.

Dadin, 34, became the first Russian citizen jailed for participating in more than two unsanctioned public gatherings in 180 consecutive days under a controversial 2014 law that critics say is part of a redoubled Kremlin effort to stifle dissent during President Vladimir Putin's third term.

Dadin received a three-year sentence in December 2015, and it was later reduced by six months. Opposition activists regard him as a political prisoner.

Dadin made the torture accusations in an open letter in November that has shone a spotlight on claims of widespread abuse in Russia's prisons and jails.

He said at the time that he did not want to be transferred because he wanted to try to help other inmates at the prison whom he said were also abused.

FSIN officials have said they found no evidence to support Dadin's allegations, and a deputy director of the agency called him "a very talented faker."

With reporting by Interfax and TASS

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