You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

RUSSIA: rigging was still there-it's just that the loss was so big it couldn't be disguised... [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Election Reform Donate to DU
kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 10:14 AM
Original message
RUSSIA: rigging was still there-it's just that the loss was so big it couldn't be disguised...
Advertisements [?]
Edited on Mon Dec-05-11 10:15 AM by kpete
The rigging was still there, of course, it's just that the loss was so big it couldn't be thoroughly disguised:



Western Monitors Criticize Russian Elections





MOSCOW Western election monitors said on Monday that they had observed blatant fraud, including the brazen stuffing of ballot boxes, in the parliamentary elections that delivered surprisingly big losses to United Russia, the party led by Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin.

..........................

Petros Efthymiou, who led the short-term O.S.C.E. observer mission, said the elections proved that the Russian people can form the future of this country by expressing their will despite many obstacles. However, changes are needed for the will of the people to be respected, Mr. Efthymiou said. I particularly noticed the interference of the state in all levels of political life, the lack of necessary conditions for fair competition and no independence of the media.

Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini, who headed the mission of the O.S.C.E.s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, compared the elections to a game in which only some players are allowed on the pitch, and then the field is tilted in favor of one of the players.

MORE:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/06/world/europe/russian-...
Refresh | +2 Recommendations Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Election Reform Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC