Bell, saw, ax — a visual explainer to falsifications on russian elections

Country/area: Russia

Organisation: IStories

Organisation size: Small

Publication date: 20 Jul 2020

Credit: Alexey Smagin, Alesya Marohovskaya

Project description:

Voting in Russia’s plebiscite on constitutional amendments in 2020 as usual have a lot of falsifications. They can be found with the help of statistics.

The explanations that mathematics wrote can be really hard to understand by most of russian readers. Thats why we desided to make understandable infographics tha can explain what’s happened on this voting and previous russian presidential elections.

The project have russian language. Please use second link to have an acsess to Google Translate on a text blocks.


Impact reached:

1. It helped some data jounalist to try Flourish with Scrollytelling

2. It explained our readers why voting in Russia’s plebiscite on constitutional amendments is not fair.

Techniques/technologies used:

Javascript, Python, Flourish, Scrollama

What was the hardest part of this project?

1. That is probably the first work in russian media that have scrollytelling and have done without professional programmers. So Alexey Smagin learned how to use JS library Scrollama with Flourish to make this.

We also made a lesson how to do same work.
Text: https://istories.media/workshops/2020/08/14/skrollitelling-vo-flourish/
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7huG6BNHsac

2. But the really hardest part was to deep through statistics and make understandable explanation for the readers.


What can others learn from this project?

1. Scrollytelling and animation is the great way to explain statistics

2. You don’t need a good programmer to make scrollytelling in your media.

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