Saturday, October 16, 2021

US, EU condemn parliamentary elections in Russia

The United States said on Monday that laws against “extremism” in Russia prevented opposition parties from getting a fair shot at parliamentary elections.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the Russian government’s use of laws on “extremist organizations,” “foreign agents,” and “undesirable organizations” severely restricted political pluralism and allowed the Russian people to be their citizens and citizens. Barred from exercising political rights. Statement Monday.

“Furthermore, we do not recognize the holding of elections to the Russian Duma on sovereign Ukrainian territory and reaffirm our unwavering support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Price said.

Longtime Russian President Vladimir Putin’s party claimed a decisive victory in the elections, while several politicians who supported jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny were barred from running.

Britain also said on Monday that barring opposition leaders from running and intimidating voters was not in line with Russia’s international commitments to free and fair elections.

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Britain’s Foreign Office said, “Measures taken by Russian authorities to marginalize civil society, silence free media and prevent genuine opposition candidates from participating in elections undermine political pluralism and undermine political pluralism and the international signature signed by Russia.” contrary to commitments.” A statement Monday.

Within Russia, several candidates from parties opposing Putin’s United Russia claimed that the vote was rigged. In at least 15 districts, the opposition candidates who were initially leading in the number of votes lost all during the electronic vote counting.

“I know that such an outcome is not possible,” wrote communist candidate Mikhail Lobanov on Twitter, calling for people to gather to discuss “next steps”.

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