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We Will Get Past The Filter
Navalny in English
Let's talk about how my election campaign is going, and I also want to ask you to help me with one important thing.

Over the last few days, you have probably have read a bunch of unbearable articles about the legal aspects of a candidate's nomination and registration, the "municipal filter," etc.

Let me explain very simply once again.

So that my name appears on the ballot in the mayoral election, I, as a candidate, must pass two important steps:

1. Nomination.
There are two options:
- Self-nomination, after which you must gather the signatures of 70,000 Muscovites.
- Receiving the nomination of a registered party. You do not need to collect signatures in this case.

I took the second path and was nominated by the "PARNAS" party (the Ministry of Justice has not registered other ideologically similar parties such as the "People's Alliance" and "December 5th" party).

The self-nomination option was not considered because, most importantly, it was almost certain that I would have been kicked out of the election with the authorities having found flaws in my collected signatures. They have honed this technique to perfection.

Sobyanin decided to take the self-nomination route because he fears being associated with his own party, the party of "Swindlers and Thieves," and now all of the district councils in the city are collecting the signatures of state employees, representing "broad public support".

[Video: “Sobyanin HQ prepares to gather signatures”]

The scoundrels gathered state employees and, what’s more, chirped something about a "memorandum for honest elections."

2. Registration.

I will become a "final" candidate after registration, but I can only reach this point by passing the "municipal filter".
This is a contraption that Putin and "United Russia" invented so that, despite the fact that Russia would return to the election of governors, they could filter out those candidates whom they fear or consider undesirable for whatever reason.

In Moscow, the filter is that the candidate must obtain signatures supporting their candidacy from 110 deputies.
And not just 110 deputies, but 110 deputies from 110 districts.
And not just the signatures of 110 deputies from 110 districts, but the notarized signatures of 110 deputies from 110 districts.
Each signature has to be certified separately.

The thing is that, at the last municipal election in Moscow, the mayor's office did not allow 600 independent candidates to run.
That is, they simply removed them from the race.

And so Moscow's municipal assemblies are totally dominated by "United Russia" (in elections they also run as "independents") and by people who are directly subordinate to the mayor/prefecture/ council: school principals, housing management centers employees, the doctors at clinics, "children palaces" workers, etc.

These people are often good people, but they are completely dependent. They promise to speak and vote as they are told to.

In some districts, "United Russia" has 100% of the seats.
This is especially true in the "New Moscow" district, which recently became part of Moscow.

Click here to read the analysis of municipal deputies at It is not completely accurate, but the basic figures get the point across adequately.

Thus, the task of each candidate who is not in United Russia: single out the deputies who are willing to sign for him, break them down by district, see how many signatures are lacking, and "swap" with other opposition candidates, and so on.

This is very complicated logistically, and you also need to get the signatures notarized during the summer holidays.
Here, Sergei Mitrokhin [the Yabloko party candidate] has written an interesting piece about how the process is going for him.

Here is what the walls of our office have looked like for many days.

A few days ago, I spoke at the Municipal Forum of Deputies (thanks again to the organizers Pyotr Miloserdov and Mikhail Velmakin).

There, the following question was discussed: what could the deputies do to increase the number of independent candidates?

After all, the problem of our "strong leader" approach is clear: very few candidates, very low turnout, peace and quiet, sleepy elections and victory in the first round via the votes of state employees and contractors.

In order to prevent this, independent deputies and candidates have concluded an informal pact: we are helping each other to collect signatures, we want more candidates.
It is necessary to note the very constructive position of the Communist Party - they have more than two hundred deputies from 86 districts, and they have already said that they are willing to help other candidates in districts where they have more than one deputy.

So what is my team doing in connection with this?

We have created a "team of deputies to collect the signatures of deputies," which has been joined by deputy Kostya Jankauskas from Zyuzino, Alexey Beskorovayny from Kurkino, Vladimir Garnachuk from Troparevo-Nikulino, and Vera Kichanova from the South Tushino district.
They, as deputies, are helping me to work with other deputies and gather signatures.
Such a scheme was proposed, as some will remember, by the Shchukino deputy Max Katz, who, incidentally, is also involved in this activity.

We have created a convenient platform for municipal deputies, where they are easily sorted by region, occupation, and political affiliation, and we are working with them individually - we are carrying out a billion meetings.

Here it is, this is the platform, mass media and other candidates may use it, we do not mind.

Of course, I am using it and the opportunities offered by the municipality under "equal access": I will definitely go to the presidium of the "Municipal Council", which brings together deputies loyal to the authorities, thanks to Alexey Shaposhnikov, who invited me there.

And, well, we are doing still other things.

The mayor, in the image of some disgusting "Ms Rakova's HQ," has already charged an administrative group with rounding up wavering deputies and politely informing them that a "signature for Navalny is a very bad decision."

And here is where I need your help.

I want these calls to be opposed by calls from you:

1. If you know the deputy in your municipal area, then call him, please, and ask him to sign for Navalny.
Please inform us of the results by email at
Do not forget to contact your deputy.

2. If you just know the contact details of some Moscow deputies, then be sure to send us this at
We already have a lot of contacts, but many we still do not.

3. If you do not know your deputy, then this is an excellent opportunity to get to know him or her: go here, choose your area, and go to the list of deputies.
Get on the phone and spend half an hour on it to get through to the deputy, and let him know that you, as a resident of the district, ask for a signature for Navalny.
If you do this, please tell us the results at
If you do this, we will be very grateful.

It is somehow not an accepted practice in our country for residents of a district to ask for things from their the deputy, but let's give it a shot.

4. If - by some luck - you are a deputy and are ready to sign for me, then write us right away at

In general, we are determined to do everything possible (within the law, the idea of the abducting deputies was rejected after a brief examination) to pass the "municipal filter," despite the happy grunting from the mayor that "we control everything here".

Please help us: you do not want to see only Sobyanin, the candidate of "United Russia," on the ballot, sweetly smiling at thoughts of the two trillion ruble (~$60.8 billion) Moscow budget.

I will be very grateful to anyone who shares this post – the more people that read it, the more deputies will get involved.

This is our city.

Originally posted by navalny on Jun. 19th, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Translated by Contentious Politics Russia Blog


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