The president of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of Russia, Ela Pamfílova, denounced this Friday a avalanche of cyber attacks against the state portal Gosuslugi.ru, in which the citizens of Moscow and various Russian regions can vote electronically in the elections that take place in the country.
For his part, the vice-president of the Commission, Nikolai Bulaev, affirmed that the influx of voters to the tables using the traditional voting method reaches 8-12%, sometimes 15% “, while the influx in electronic voting in the six different regions of Moscow currently reaches 48%.
“The attacks on the Gosuslug.ru portal are very numerous,” Pamfílova told reporters at the CEC headquarters.
It is estimated that in Russia around 15% of the voters are going to vote in person, while around 50% do so online. Photo: AP
He indicated that the 50% of these cyberattacks originate in the United States; 25% in Germany; 10% in Russia; another 10% in China, and the remaining 5% in Ukraine.
This Friday the voting began, which will last until next Sunday to elect the new State Duma, as well as the authorities of thirty regions and almost all the municipalities of Russia.
Total, more than 31,000 positions will be elected in elections of different levels.
In Moscow, little more than two million citizens registered to vote Through the Internet, and six and a half hours after the opening of the virtual electoral college, 22% of those registered had cast their vote electronically.
The Kremlin reported that the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, who has been in self-isolation since Tuesday for having had close contact with people infected with COVID-19, will exercise his right to vote through the telematic mode.
Pamfílova indicated that they have registered more than 420,000 observers designated by the political parties.
According to the CEC, only 250 foreign observers, mostly from former Soviet republics, will monitor the elections.
The OSCE Office on Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) refused to monitor Russian women parliamentarians in response to Russia’s decision to reduce the number of its observers from half a thousand to 60.
With information from the ANSA and EFE agencies