People began to realize that the very idea of the competition initially had a certain internal flaw: can one choose a single symbol in a multinational and multi-religious country, which represents this country? Did the organizers of the Russia-10 contest understand the flaw that ultimately resulted in an all-Russian scandal? It is difficult to admit that they did not understand, because behind the shoulders of the same television channel "Russia" was already in something similar competition "Name of Russia".
In the competition, as many probably remember, it was necessary to vote for one or another historical personalities. And that historical figure, who, according to the results, gained the most votes, became the winner of the competition. It was in 2008, and then there was also a scandal. At one stage of the competition, it turned out that the Russians were voting “wrong” - with a significant margin from the closest “pursuers” Joseph Stalin was in the lead. In addition to him, two Vladimirs were in the top three - Vysotsky and Lenin. It seemed to someone that if Stalin suddenly took and won the “race”, it would provoke either a big scandal or a bad impact on the country's reputation ... Who exactly came to this conclusion - still remains a mystery with seven seals (or maybe , an open secret ...), but in the end, viewers began to remove the following noodles from their ears: the voting failed, a certain group of hackers attacked computers in which votes were accumulated, it was not people, but bots who voted for Stalin ...
After some time, the “Name of Russia” table underwent significant changes: Stalin was turned away from the “politically correct” by no means first positions, but Stolypin, Pushkin and Mendeleev were among the top three. As a result, Alexander Nevsky was awarded the victory in the contest “Name of Russia”, whose name could be called a sort of neutral option, which seemed to suit the majority. After the victory of Nevsky, conversations about the strangeness during the voting in the competition abated somewhat, and eventually disappeared altogether.
And now - five years after the competition to identify the Name of Russia - "Russia" (TV channel) again went on experiments. Apparently, the doubtful experience when taking into account the votes of viewers and Internet users was not taken into account, unless of course the organizers initially set themselves the task of turning the competition into a new scandalous show, warming up the interest from the public to the limit.
During the first round of the Russia-10 competition, the sensation did not smell. At the same time, several architectural and natural monuments of Russia went almost on a par, without disturbing the minds of Russians, who, if they had voted, were clearly in a peaceful and calm manner. The first thunder thundered when it became clear that the authorities of the Chechen Republic decided to win the competition. How can the authorities win? It turned out that they can ... Several publications at once, using eyewitness testimonies, came up with materials telling about how, across all republican ministries, the disputes “from above” dispersed to vote for the mosque in Grozny, which was built recently, and called the “Heart of Chechnya”. As the saying goes, the party said: yes, the Komsomol answered: there is! And the Chechen ministries have been active, “pushing” ordinary Chechens to a multiple vote.
This led to the fact that, with a sufficiently large margin in the Russia-10 competition (recall, in the competition for the title of the main symbol of Russia), the very Grozny mosque, built in the republic in two or more years and opened in the 2008 year, became the leader. After seeing the preliminary results of the competition, many Russians were indignant. The outrage was due not only to the fact that the so-called replica claimed the role of the main symbol of more than thousand years of Russia, but also because the regional authorities decided to intervene in the course of voting, trying to satisfy their own ambitions.
In order to press "Heart of Russia" from the first place in the competition, something unprecedented was undertaken: millions of votes fell from various phones and computers, and the same people voted, as they say, to calluses on the fingers. As a result, it turned out that the Grozny mosque clashed in an SMS battle with the Kolomna Kremlin, built in the first half of the 16-th century. The Kolomna Kremlin after the second round of voting took the lead, which insanely "upset" the leadership of the Chechen Republic. At the same time, the very behavior of the head of the North Caucasian region looks, to put it mildly, strange and similar to the behavior of a non-governmental husband, but rather an offended teenager, and to put it mildly ... Ramzan Kadyrov promised to look into the question of how the Heart Chechnya ”could“ slip ”into second place, and said that it would definitely turn to the Investigation Committee and even deal with mobile operators personally.
Offended, Kadyrov in one of his blogs said that the providers “Megaphone” and “VimpelCom” did not take into account, quote: millions of SMS-votes. At the same time, Ramzan Kadyrov is sure that mobile operators have withdrawn money in all voting cases. For such an offense, the President of Chechnya decided to punish the said operators, replacing them in Chechnya with homegrown Vaynakh Telecom. Apparently, if Chechen residents had voted for the Grozny mosque through Vainakh Telecom initially, the ritual structure in the Chechen capital would have gained more votes than people living on our sinful planet ... And then Kadyrov would definitely not doubt the results of the competition.
It is noteworthy that Ramzan Akhmatovich also said that he was withdrawing “Heart of Chechnya” from voting, as he is disturbed by frauds during the contest. "Removes from the vote," hmm ... Wanted - put in a vote, wanted - took ... What, however, the official has broad powers ...
The counting of votes was dishonest. The results are falsified. This is recognized by the contest organizers themselves, who offer voices that were not taken into account in the second round to add to the results of the third round. We are also unofficially told that it was decided not to allow the occupation of the first place by the Heart of Chechnya mosque. We firmly believe that this does not contribute to the growth of spirituality and national identity of the Russians.- Kadyrov writes in his blog.
The mobile operators accused by Kadyrov themselves are denied any guilt, stating that all sent SMS were taken into account ...
In general, the contest went along the crooked path and came to such a state that now, perhaps, any of its winners will have a certain scandalous trace thanks to the voting system that was allowed by the organizers of the contest. Apparently, here, too, will have to look for his "Alexander Nevsky" to reassure the public.
Now there is an announcement on the contest website, which says that the big resonance associated with the contest, as well as 50 of millions of SMS messages that came in one day (from 29 to 30 of August), force the organizers to conduct a technical audit. The technical audit time is limited to a week. If someone sends their votes during the audit week, the votes will be taken into account.
It turns out that now the voting is carried out at all blindly, and it is not possible to track its progress and, let's say, the frequency and direction of the recording of text messages.
Did someone expect another? Well, this is the usual voting, which today is enough on the Internet and on television. With us and with other types of voting, not everything is unequivocal, and here it’s naive to feed illusions. Send the number there, I don’t know where to pay so much, I don’t know how much ... And then we’ll let you know the results that seem right to us ... Would the mobile operators be satisfied if the most recognizable sculpture of Russia “Rodina- mother calls "or the same Kolomna Kremlin? This is clearly not compatible with their interests to correct their already extensive budget.
Apparently, because of the scandal in the competition, all candidates will have to withdraw from the vote, and the organizers will be awarded a victory by a sculpture of a Chinese mobile phone, which urgently needs to be laid exactly in the middle between Moscow and Grozny ...