The head of the Election Commission is to explain himself in parliament over allegations of vote rigging. Vladimir Churov is not the only one called to account in investigations into the December vote. Among other officials held responsible for mass violations are the prosecutor general, Yury Chaika, the minister of the interior, Rashid Nurgaliev, and the chairman of the Investigation Committee, Alexander Bastrykin.
All the State Duma factions have supported the draft resolution. The opposition said it is important to have a “tough talk” with those involved to prevent further falsifications and violations. Churov, however, seems to be in the most vulnerable position. Shortly after the elections opposition parties, especially the Liberal Democrats, repeatedly urged him to step down. The protest movements which sprung up in the first weeks of December also put Churov’s resignation among their main demands. Churov told journalists he was outraged by the Duma’s decision.
“It’s the weakest that goes to the wall,” Churov said. “They all know I can’t really respond because of the position I’m in. Any of my words can be taken as political agitation.”