US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool)
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday she had "serious
concerns" about the conduct of Russia's parliamentary elections and
Russians deserved a full investigation of all reported irregularities.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.
on the sidelines of an international conference on Afghanistan, Clinton
added in remarks to reporters that she was troubled by reports that the
Russian Golos election monitor had suffered cyber attacks.
Putin's party clings to reduced majority in Russia
Analysis: Poor election shows Putin's vulnerability
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 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
A nearly complete vote count indicated Putin's United Russia party won
49.5 percent, enough to secure 238 of the 450 seats in the State Duma
lower house, the Central Election Commission said -- a loss of 77 seats
it held in the outgoing Duma.
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