THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE TEACHING CHECHNYA DEMOCRACY

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THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE TEACHING CHECHNYA DEMOCRACY

Izvestia (Moscow issue), September 16, 2003, p. 3

A seminar “Practice of elections and electoral campaigns” took place in Moscow on the initiative of Council of Europe General Secretary Walter Schwimmer. It was attended by experts of the Council of Europe and representatives of candidates for president of Chechnya.

European recommendations have always irritated the Chechens. Lord Judd’s and Rudolf Binding’s recommendations for Chechnya failed. Chechen Ombudsman Abdul-Khakim Sultygov explained, however, that the Council of Europe was one thing while the Parliamentary Assembly where Lord Judd and Binding had worked was different.

Sultygov urged representatives of candidates for president to brief their colleagues on standards of the Council of Europe.

CENTRAL ELECTION COMMISSION DEMANDS TARIFFS FROM THE MEDIA

Izvestia (Moscow issue), September 16, 2003, p. 13

According to Central Election Commission Chairman Alexander Veshnyakov, newspapers and TV channels have until October 4 to send their advertisement tariffs to the Central Election Commission. “Should someone fail to do so by October 4, it will mean that this particular newspaper or TV channel does not want to participate,” Veshnyakov said.

News agencies will also be permitted to publish political advertisements.

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