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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Teacher Who Revealed Falsifications Must Pay Fine

VedomostiA man votes during the December 4 election.

ASt. Petersburg court ordered schoolteacher Tatyana Ivanova topay 30,000 rubles ($890) after she reported falsifications inDecember elections.

Thedecision partially satisfied acase brought byRegional Board ofEducation head Natalya Nazarova, which originally sought 100,000 rubles toprotect her reputation andfor "moral suffering."

“I understand that politics is a very dirty thing, but of course, if they offered to let me participate one more time in the election campaign, I would not mind taking the place of [elections chief Vladimir] Churov," Ivanova said on her way out of the courtroom, Fontanka.ru reported.

Nazarova brought thecase against theteacher after Ivanova said theeducation board andthe city elections committee had organized falsifications in State Duma andlocal Dec. 4 elections inSt. Petersburg.

Ivanova said that when she headed avoting station ata city school inpolls, election workers were instructed toforge signatures andsubmit extra election ballots infavor ofUnited Russia. She said the workers were asked toignore violations of voting rules, andpolling station heads were promised 70,000 rubles tocooperate. Ivanova said she refused themoney, andas aresult, United Russia received one ofthe lowest results inthe city ather polling station.

As thestory gained attention inthe media, pressure mounted atthe school, andIvanova, who had taught formore than 30 years, said she had toleave her position.

The case has gathered attention insocial networks, andInternet users said they would help pay the fine.

Supporters flooded thecourt hearing Friday, spilling out intothe street. Several dozen outside held flowers along with thewhite ribbons that have become symbols ofopposition’s protest.

Some supporters even came fromMoscow toattend the3 1/2-hour court session, RIA-Novosti reported.

Ivanova's lawyers said she would appeal the decision.