Following last September’s parliamentary elections, a Russian journalist who filmed himself participating in carousel voting was arrested on charges of “illegally obtaining a ballot.”

Denis Korotkov, a correspondent for St. Petersburg-based site Fontanka.ru, said that organizers of the carousel vote paid participants. Korotkov also reported that voters were expected to send pictures of their ballots to organizers to prove they had voted for the ruling United Russia party.

Russian election monitor, Golos, received almost 2000 reports of possible voting violations following last September’s elections, including ‘ballot stuffing’ and carousel voting.