In some Russian regions will be used an electronic system to monitor attendance of government employees to vote for the amendments to the Constitution. This is stated in the investigation “Medusa”, published on 24 June.
How found the journalists, in order to control the turnout will be used by the IT-system located on the portal votely.ru. This url should open a login page where you have to choose one of the 85 regions of Russia, and then enter phone number and password to log into the system (at the moment the site is unavailable).
The principle of operation is the following: each company in which it is planned to monitor the attendance of employees in the ballot, allocated a range of barcodes or QR codes; and “responsible for mobilizing the enterprise” load into the system a table that lists all employees, their phone numbers and rated each of them unique codes.
Count the number who came to the polls supporters is conducted by scanning a personal barcode or QR-code using special software for phones based on Android or iPhone. Withgenerowania QR – or barcodes will be carried out by volunteers, the newspaper notes.
To scan QR codes on sections of the plan under the guise of conducting “projects additional forms of voting.” These include quizzes, assignment cities the title of “City of labor valor”, the projects of creation of comfortable urban environment and other regional and municipal polls on critical community topics. About these quizzes is already stated in the Yaroslavl, Tula and Vologda regions.
As the “Medusa” in Barnaul, Nizhny Novgorod, Izhevsk and a number of cities have announced that in the course of voting on amendments to the Constitution will also be voting on the issue of assignment of these cities the title of “City of labor valor”.
On voting day, “responsible for mobilizing the” heads of the enterprises, sectoral Ministers, regional leaders and project administrators will be able in real time to obtain information about the turnout of voting in the context of different enterprises, industries or regions. In addition, there is a possibility of obtaining phone numbers of employees who did not vote, and the list of voters.
One of the interlocutors of journalists said that the IT system votely.ru intend to use for monitoring the attendance of employees of large companies in the Yaroslavl oblast and Altai Krai. The second interviewee reported that in the Lipetsk region initially received instructions to “mobilize” from votely.ru but then abandoned the idea to use this system.
A nationwide vote on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, one of which involves the nullification of presidential terms of Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, appointed on 1 July 2020.
20 January 2020 Putin submitted the draft law on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation to the state Duma. It was unanimously adopted in the first reading on January 23.
In the document, in particular, to exclude the possibility to occupy the presidency more than two terms, to fix the priority of the Constitution over international law, as well as to expand the powers of the constitutional court. On 11 February the Committee of the state Duma has approved the amendments to the Constitution, in the case of adoption of which Putin after leaving from a post of the President for life will remain a member of the Federation Council.
Putin also proposed an amendment, which provides for the formation of the head of state of the state Council “to ensure the concerted functioning and interaction of public authorities”.
Some experts believethat thus the Russian leader is trying to solve the problem of retaining power after 2024, when is the next presidential term. Putin is the Russian President since 2000 with a short break. According to the current Constitution he cannot run for the post of the head of the Kremlin in 2024.