On March, 16 foreign students of Pitirim Sorokin Syktyvkar State University visited the Centre for Public Video Monitoring of the voting process during the presidential elections and received comprehensive information on how elections are held in the Russian Federation and how transparency is ensured.

Executive Director of the Komi Republic Public Chamber, expert of the Independent Public Monitoring Association Alexandra Afonina told students how video monitoring was organized, emphasizing that this indicates the election procedure’s openness.

The last-year student Pawan Appikatla noted that he was grateful for the opportunity to witness such a big event that could potentially change the situation in the world:

– “I am thankful for the opportunity to witness this event, which has the potential to change the course of the world history. Its importance is immeasurable. The Russian Federation presidential elections were organized in such a sophisticated and systematic way that it looked so simple and flawless. I am very glad that I could witness this wonderful event where people consider their right to vote not only as a right but as their National Duty, possibility to vote for the better future of their own country. It is truly inspiring. The organization was commendable. Love that Russiaт people show to their country is simply beyond all words. Thank you once again for giving me the opportunity to witness these elections that are filled with love and passion for the country’s future.”

“It was a great experience to witness the Russian Federation Presidential Elections. Our visit to the Centre for Public Video Monitoring of the voting process enlightened me on the process before, during and post-election period. The system of transparency through the online chat-box for observations and complaints makes it even more engaging for the citizens. This clearly shows the Government’s commitment in ensuring the citizens to believe in the voting system and be eager to practise their civic responsibility. I think it is a great idea that organization allows people to know about these processes. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this great event.” – Elizabeth Akinwale, the 3rd year student, commented.

– “I am grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the Russian Federation presidential elections procedure. I believe that everyone should visit the Centre for Public Video Monitoring of the voting process,” – said 3rd year student Shivam Yadav.