The "web" and falsification of district No. 60 of the Donetsk region during the March 31 election: who implemented it and how

The "web" and falsification of district No. 60 of the Donetsk region during the March 31 election: who implemented it and how

"Uspishna Varta" continues its analysis of constituencies where stations with an anomalous turnout and support for the current president P. Poroshenko (considerably exceeding the regional average) was observed on March 31st in the first round of the presidential election. At such stations, presumably, falsifications were committed for the purpose of ensuring the passage of the current president to the second round of the election. We publish this information for all interested persons for the purpose of preventing similar falsifications in the second round of the election on April 21st.

District No. 60 in the Donetsk region has it’s center is the town of Volnovakha and covers the Boykovsky (earlier – Telmanovsky), Volnovakhsky, Mangushsky, Nikolsky, and Novoazovsky districts, and a part of the Levoberezhny district of Mariupol. Like in the case of district 46, which we wrote about earlier, local officials and heads of regional administrations are involved in Petro Poroshenko's "web" on the territory of district No. 60 and are informally supervised by, and connected to, the People's Deputy from this district Dmitry Lubinets (“Bloc of Petro Poroshenko” faction).

RESULTS OF VOTING IN DISTRICT 60

122,436 voters are registered in district No. 60. Following the results of voting in the first round, the turnout in this district was 60.6% (across the Donetsk region in general - 59.47%).

According to the data of the website of the Central Election Commission, the current president Petro Poroshenko received in this district 14,110 votes or 19% (average support across the Donetsk region – 12.64%).

According to the results of the statistical analysis of district No. 60 that was carried out by the experts of "Uspishna Varta", there are at least 30 "anomalous" stations from 131 (16 special stations of the Operation of United Forces in this district were not included in this analysis) where support for the current president exceeded the average for the region (12.64%) and reached 55%. At the same time, the voter turnout at such stations reached nearly 85%. This concerns the villages and urban-type settlements, as well as separate stations, in the town of Volnovakha.

For example, in the villages of Urzuf and Babakh Tarakh (Mangushsky district) on the coast of the Sea of Azov the turnout was 64%, P. Poroshenko's result - 47.45%. The largest number of votes in support of the current president, according to the website of the CEC, came from station No. 140424 (the villages of Pokrovsk, Rybatskoye, Chervonoye, Shirokaya Balka – also the Mangushsky district). The turnout is specified as 78.83% there, and the percentage of votes for P. Poroshenko – 55.03%.

WHO PROVIDED FALSIFICATIONS IN FAVOUR OF P. POROSHENKO IN DISTRICT NO. 60

According to the information obtained by "Uspishna Varta", the People's Deputy from the “Bloc of Petro Poroshenko” Dmitry Valeryevich Lubinets is responsible for carrying out an electoral campaign for the current president Petro Poroshenko in district No. 60.

Dmitry Lubinets, the People's Deputy from district 60

From open sources it is possible to learn that his father, Valery Lubinets, since the end of 2015 has held the position of the head of the Volnovakhsky regional council. He is also a member of the “Bloc of Petro Poroshenko – Solidarity” party.

In February 2019 Ivan Valeryevich Lubinets, the brother of Dmitry Lubinets, was assigned as the head of the Volnovakhsky military civil authorities.

According to the obtained information, Ivan Dmitrievich Verveyko was involved in the district campaign headquarters, which in turn was involved in creating a "web" in the district for the benefit of Petro Poroshenko. According to open sources of information, Ivan Verveyko is the assistant to the People's Deputy Ivan Lubinets and also the head of the department of the executive directorate of the Social Insurance Fund for Industrial Accidents and Occupational Diseases in the Volnovakhsky district of the Donetsk region. Ivan Verveyko's wife – Valentina – holds the position of the deputy of the sector concerning domestic policy, public relations, and media of the Volnovakhsky regional council (her declaration on the website of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention).

Ivan Verveyko, the project manager of Petro Poroshenko's "web" in district 60 (Volnovakha)

The deputy head of the headquarters for organizational work is specified as Aleksandr Sergeyevich Yakimenko, who is also an employee of the Volnovakhsky regional administration.

Among so-called "senior campaigners" across Volnovakha in Poroshenko's headquarters there is Aleksandr Ilchishen. According to the information of open sources, he since September 2018 is the head of the Volnovakha regional branch of the “Socialist Party of Ukraine”.

"ANOMALOUS STATIONS" IN THE VOLNOVAKHSKY DISTRICT

On the basis of statistical analysis of information on the website of the CEC regarding the results of voting at the polling stations of the Volnovakhsky district, at least 25 "anomalous stations" stand out.

This concerns about 4 stations in Volnovakha (stations No. 140137, No. 140139, No. 140140, and No. 140146) where the turnout reached 74%, and the number of votes in support of P. Poroshenko – 35.5%. Also, with average turnout figures, the number of votes for the current president (23.12% and 25.93%) was recorded at two polling stations in Novotroitskoye (stations No. 140154 and No. 140155), which is abnormally high against the background of other stations.

In addition, "anomalous" stations were also recorded in a number of villages of the Volnovakhsky district. For example, in the villages of Valeryanovka, Blagoveshchenka, and Zeleny Gay (station No. 140165) the turnout reached 79%, and the percentage of votes for P. Poroshenko – 32.68%. Similar anomalies were recorded in the villages of Stepnoye and Kropivnitskoye (votes for Poroshenko – 53.17%), the village of Granitnoye (27.66%), the villages of Staroignatovka and Novogrigoryevka (29%), and the villages of Zaporozhskoye, Malovodnoye, and Stepanovka (20.54%). In the village of Svobodnoye (Vilne), the turnout was 83.97%, a record for the district, and the percentage of support for P. Poroshenko was 18.41% (against the background of the surrounding villages, where only 2-3% of votes were given for the current president). This statistics calls into question free declaration of will of residents of the village Free and other sections where similar anomalies are recorded.

MANGUSHSKY REGION

A no less interesting situation concerning the results of voting also developed in the Mangushsky district at constituency No. 60.

The head of the Mangushsky district administration is Dmitry Chernitsa, who is also a party member of “Bloc of Petro Poroshenko”. Since December 2014 Chernitsa has headed the state administration of the Pershotravnevsky district. Before this, since April 2002 and until the end of the 2014, he headed the Yaltinsky settlement council. His wife is the deputy chief doctor of the Mangushsky district hospital.

Dmitry Chernitsa, head of the Mangushsky district of the Donetsk region

According to the information obtained by "Uspishna Varta", the “senior campaigner” of the “web” project of Petro Poroshenko” for the Mangushsky district is Pavel Viktorovich Linnik – the deputy head of the Melekinsky village council for executive work (see the declaration on the National Agency on Corruption Prevention website). Linnik is also the assistant to the People's Deputy Dmitry Lubents.

Pavel Linnik, the assistant to the People's Deputy Dmitry Lubents and "senior campaigner" of the “web” project of Petro Poroshenko in the Mangushsky district of Donetsk region

Following the results of statistical analysis of the Mangushsky district, there are at least 7 "anomalous" polling stations. Thus, for example, in the villages of Pokrovskoye, Rybatskoye, Chervone and Shirokaya Balka (station No. 140424) the turnout reached 78.83%, and P. Poroshenko's support is specified on the website of the CEC as 55.03%. A similar situation happened at station No. 140432 (villages of Urzuf and Babakh-Tarama), where P. Poroshenko's support was 47.45%.

Earlier, the headquarters of the candidate Yury Boyko stated that the results of voting at stations in the 60th district specified on the website of the CEC were significantly “modified" in favour of Poroshenko. Thus, at station No. 140432, according to the protocol, there were 548 votes for Yury Boyko, and for Petro Poroshenko – 117. On the website of the CEC of digit absolutely others: for Yuriy Boyko – 17, for Petro Poroshenko – 948.

Members of the territorial election commission filed at the Mangushsky police station a written statement concerning a violation of the electoral process. Law enforcement bodies initiated criminal proceedings with a preliminary legal qualification under Article 158 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (submitting false data to a body of maintaining the State Voter Register or the falsification of electoral documents). At the same time, the Central Election Commission of Ukraine adopted a protocol from district No. 60 in the Volnovakhsky of the Donetsk region containing such data.

As a reminder, before the day of voting on the territory of the district the possibilities for campaigning for other candidates were limited. Thus, on February 1st the candidate Aleksandr Vilkul said that unknown persons tried to disrupt his meeting with residents of the settlement of Mangush.

NIKOLSKY DISTRICT

The head of the Nikolsky district administration Oleg Reshetnyak was appointed to this position in May 2018. According to the statement of the headquarters of the candidate Yury Boyko, the People's Deputy Dmitry Lubinets and the head of the district state administration of the Nikolsky district Oleg Reshetnyak put serious pressure on the organizations and enterprises of the district, their employees, and the authorities for the purpose of organising a controlled vote in support of the current president Petro Poroshenko.

Oleg Reshetnyak, head of the Nikolsky district administration

The "senior campaigner" of the “web” project in the settlement of Nikolskoye is specified as Denis Protsenko, who is the head of local public organization "Realni spravy molodi" (see the data of open sources).

According to statistical analysis of the data on the website of the CEC, support for the current president and, respectively, voter turnout that exceeds the regional average was recorded in at least 8 stations in the Nikolsky district. Thus, in the settlement of Nikolskoye at stations No. 140198 and No. 140199 the turnout reached 77%, and the support for P. Poroshenko – 24.45%. At the same time, at two other stations in the same settlement of Nikolskoye (No. 140196 and No. 140197) turnout was at the level of 60-61%, and support for Poroshenko – 3-4%. In addition, "anomalous" stations were recorded in the villages of Novoyanisol, Boyevoye, Suzhenka, Kirillovka, and Kellerovka. At two stations in the villages of Novogrigorovka and Panovka (station No. 140203), and in the villages of Zorya, Vodyanoye, Granitnoye, Priovrazhnoye the number of votes in support of P. Poroshenko specified in the protocols was in the amount of 29%, and the turnout – up to 84%.

According to the source of data of "Uspishna Varta", payment for such a "web" in district No. 60 over a month reached 4,000,000 hryvnia. Expenses on election day were 5,000,000 UAH, including:

  • Informal payment to the heads and members of the district election commission (300,000 hryvnia),
  • Informal payment to members of precinct election commissions and to observers (2000 hryvnia);
  • Transportation of voters to stations (1500-2000 hryvnia per car).

The "Uspishna Varta" human rights platform has sent the information stated above for verification and a reaction to the following bodies and institutions:

  • Central Election Commission of Ukraine
  • District Election Commission of territorial constituency No. 60
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine
  • Main Department of the National Police in the Donetsk region
  • Volnovakhsky regional council
  • Nikolsky regional council
  • Mangushsky regional council

As a reminder, according to Article 158 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, falsification of electoral documents, the results of voting, or the data of the State Voter Register involves a sanction in the form of imprisonment from 2 to 10 years. In addition, Article 160 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine "Voter Bribery" assumes a sanction in the form of imprisonment for up to 7 years.

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