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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a Wednesday meeting with
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow that Russia's elections
were free and democratic, Israel Radio reported. He based his assessment
on determinations by Israeli observers participating in the election
monitoring, he said.
Lieberman's position is opposed to the views of Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, the White House and former Russian leaders, which
expressed concern over irregularities in the recent parliamentary
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Lieberman went on to criticize Russian support for unilateral
Palestinian moves seeking UN recognition, and expressed hope that Russia
will consider Israel's positions on Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas.
The main international observer mission in Russia said Monday that the
parliamentary election was unfairly slanted in favor of Russian Prime
Minister Vladimir Putin's ruling party and marred by apparent
manipulations including ballot box stuffing.
The campaign for Sunday's election was marked by "limited political
competition and a lack of fairness," observers from the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Council of Europe's
parliamentary assembly said.
The vote count "was characterized by frequent procedural violations and
instances of apparent manipulation, including several serious
indications of ballot box stuffing," the monitors said in their
preliminary report.Reuters contributed to this report.