Sergey Lushch

Versions of names: Сергей Лущ

Sergey Lushch is a co-chairman of the Russian-Belarusian Civil Initiative "Union" and a chairman of the anti-Western, pro-Kremlin organization “Young Rus” (Rumol), which promotes the ideas of the Slavic brotherhood and the union of Belarus and Russia. "Rumol" holds events with the St. George Ribbon and organises the International Slavic Martial Arts Festival.


Individual observers at the 2018 Russian presidential election

No affiliation

Institutional affiliation to “Young Russia” movement

Official function: Institutional affiliation to the Russian-Belarusian Civil Initiative "Union"

Люди идут голосовать целыми семьями. Нас никто не ограничивал, мы имеем доступ ко всей информации. Никаких нарушений или провокаций в Тульской области мы не зафиксировали. Процесс голосования проходит максимально прозрачно и соответствует всем международным нормам.

International experts at the 2020 All-Russian Voting in Russia

No affiliation

Institutional affiliation to "Young Rus" Association

Мы наблюдаем высокий уровень организации голосования в непростых условиях пандемии. Наверное, сейчас самое безопасное место – это избирательные участки. Мы осмотрели несколько участков, ничто не препятствует свободному волеизъявлению граждан. Процесс голосования прозрачен. Мы, как международные эксперты, получили возможность задать любые вопросы, нам не препятствовали в процессе наблюдения.

Individual Observers at the 2022 pseudo-referendum for the formal annexation of occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia to Russia


Союз / Union

Ordinary party member Chairman of the organizing committee of the political party

The chairman of the pro-Russian Union party was brought from Belarus. Sergei Lushch, in his own words, observed the “referendum” in the Zaporozhye region. Or rather, in that part of it where Russian troops still remained. Lushch told propagandists of Sputnik radio (Russia Today holding) that Kyiv is putting pressure on voters, and voters want to reunite with Russia. [Translated from Russian] (2023-09-17)

Corresponding elections

The seventh presidential election in Russia was held on 18 March 2018. With the exception of the election in Russia-annexed Crimea, this election is considered legitimate. The election held in Crimea for the Russian presidency is internationally considered to be an illegitimate election, see more on this at the election page 2018 Russian presidential election in annexed Crimea. The election took place under restrictions on fundamental freedoms and limited space for political engagement.
In order to have a possibility to stay in power until 2036, Russian President Vladimir Putin decided, in January 2020, to change the Constitution of the Russian Federation and legitimise its change through the “all-Russian voting”.
From 23 to 27 September 2022, the Russian forces organised a sham election process - pseudo-referendum as a pretext for the formal annexation of the regions of occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson by Russia. The annexation of the four regions was announced on 30 September 2022.