A press release issued by the organisation reads: “after monitoring for two months mass media coverage of elections, Hyde Park found many violations of the law and of the journalists’ code of ethics, while authorities did not follow on them to sanction those violations. On the eve of the elections we face artificial and illegal barriers in our access to information. By refusing to accredit us as observers, our fundamental right to civic participation was violated”.
The reason for withdrawing the accreditation “As I learned from the journalists who were present at the CEC session, was the police report that I, Oleg Brega, whistled President Voronin on July 7 during an authorized protest rally…”
For more details see www.curaj.net. The complete press release issued by Hyde Park may be found at http://www.curaj.net/wp-content/DeclaratieContraCEC8iul05.rtf
In view of July 10 elections, 284 polling stations were opened in Chisinau municipality, including 50 in 18 suburb localities. Election results shall be tabulated by “MoldData” together with Chisinau Mayoralty personnel. (BASA-press)
Curiously, the State Duma address comes on the eve of Chisinau Mayor Elections, exactly as it happened with the threats of imposing economic sanctions on Moldova two weeks prior March 2005 parliamentary elections. Back in February the treats stemmed from Duma’s disapproval of Moldovan approach towards Transdniestria. The February resolutions on Moldova were preceded by the visit of ultra-nationalistic Duma deputies to Tiraspol. This time however, Chief of Russian Presidency Department for Inter-regional and Cultural Relations Abroad, Modest Kolerov paid a visit to Tiraspol. He “blessed” the international youth corporation “Proriv” striving to “fight Voronin’s totalitarian regime and recognize Transdniestria internationally”. Interestingly enough, on the day Russian Duma addressed Prime-Minister, Transdniestrian “Proriv” together with Ukrainian ultra-nationalist “Bratstvo” staged protest rallies burning the puppets of Vladimir Voronin and George Bush.
The difference between the Russian State Duma appeals in February and the most recent one is that the former envisaged particularly Moldova. Such a big honour for Moldova to be high on the agenda three times in two weeks! The most recent one envisages Baltic states and three GUAM countries. This gives some grounds for concern, i.e. decrease in Moldova’s weight in relations with Russia, especially when applying “the last argument” — price on gas in exchange for “care for Russian speakers residing in Moldova”.