Johan Bäckman

Versions of names: Бекман, Йохан
Finland

Johan Bäckman is a Finnish social scientist, doctor of political science and author of several books. He is a Chairperson of a radical political organisation Finnish Anti-Fascist Committee (SAFKA), which was established in 2008. Johan Bäckman often appears in the Russian media commenting on Finnish-Russian relations and has been declared persona non grata in Estonia and Moldova. He participated as a candidate in the elections to the European Parliament (2009) and the Finnish Parliament  (2011) on the list of Workers' Party of Finland, but was not elected.

Missions

Individual observers at the 2018 Russian presidential election in annexed Crimea

No affiliation

Institutional affiliation to Finnish Anti-Fascist Committee (SAFKA)

Нарушений мы не увидели, мы увидели настоящую демократию, чистую демократию, могу сказать, что Крым является самым демократичным местом в мире.

https://tass.ru/politika/5043026 (2018-03-18)
Individual observers at the 2018 general elections in the unrecognised Donetsk People’s Republic

No affiliation

Institutional affiliation to Finnish Anti-Fascist Committee (SAFKA)

Выборы хорошо организованы. Мы видим, что и в прифронтовых районах люди голосуют. Никаких проблем нет.

То, что мы видели – это были очень успешные, хорошо организованные выборы. Уверен, голос народа будет услышан сегодня. Я уверен, что это одни из самых чистых, открытых, прозрачных выборов, которые мы видели.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSNyVn4JBlw (2018-11-11)
Individual observers at the 2019 parliamentary elections in the unrecognised Republic of South Ossetia

No affiliation

Institutional affiliation to Finnish Anti-Fascist Committee (SAFKA)

Corresponding elections

illegitimate
The overwhelming majority of the world’s nations does not recognise Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea in 2014, while international institutions such as the OSCE ODIHR considered Russian elections held in Crimea as illegitimate and did not send international election observers there. In their turn, Ukrainian authorities warned that any participation in the electoral process in Crimea would be illegal.
illegitimate
On 11 November 2018, the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, located within the internationally recognised borders of Ukraine, held “elections” to elect a head of the “republic” and members of its “parliament”. The overwhelming majority of the world’s nations does not recognise the sovereignty of the Donetsk People’s Republic, while international institutions such as the OSCE ODIHR considered “elections” there as illegitimate and did not send international election observers there.
illegitimate
On 9 June 2019, the so-called Republic of South Ossetia, located within the internationally recognised borders of Georgia, held “parliamentary elections”. The overwhelming majority of the world’s nations does not recognise the sovereignty of the Republic of South Ossetia, while international institutions such as the OSCE ODIHR considered “elections” there as illegitimate and did not send international election observers there.