Jerusalem, 14 December 1995

ISRAELI OBSERVERS TO RUSSIAN ELECTIONS

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Today, 14.12.95, a group of Israelis left for Russia, to take part in oversight of the elections to the Duma the lower house in Russia’s parliament which will take place on Sunday, 17.12.95.

This will be the first delegation of Israeli observers to be sent to oversee Russian elections. The delegation will be led by Prof. Ruth Lapidot of the Hebrew University. Joining her will be Prof. Emmanuel Guttman, of the Hebrew University, Prof. Gabriel Gorodzky, of Tel Aviv University, and Alec Millman, from the Eastern Europe and CIS Department at the Foreign Ministry.

Many countries, including Israel, responded positively to Russia’s request to send observers to the elections, and approximately 160 observers have already registered to participate in the operation.

43 parties will be competing for 450 seats in the Duma elections. 225 of the seats are reserved for parties and the other 225 are reserved for regional elections (each region will elect one representative).

The Russian parliament also includes an Upper House (The Federation Council) which has 178 representatives from the different Russian Federations.