Clinton: Russian elections 'neither free nor fair'

By REUTERS
December 6, 2011 11:29




VILNIUS - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that Russia's elections were neither free nor fair as she made a broad plea on Tuesday for digital freedoms at a European security gathering.

Speaking to ministers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Clinton cited "serious concerns" about Sunday's election in Russia in which Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's parliamentary majority was cut in an vote marred by accusations of ballot-stuffing and other irregularities.

"When authorities fail to prosecute those who attack people for exercising their rights or exposing abuses, they subvert justice and undermine the people's confidence in their governments," Clinton said.


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