International observers monitoring the Russian vote have handed down their verdict, saying it was “not fair”.
The joint mission from the OSCE and the Council of Europe, the EU’s major human rights watchdogs, said the vote failed to meet any of their
commitments and standards for democratic
In a joint statement, the observers added that “frequent abuse of administrative resources, media coverage strongly in
favour of the ruling party and an election code whose cumulative effect hindered political pluralism” had tainted the election.
The head of Russia’s Central Election
Commission dismissed opposition accusations of cheating, saying there were no serious violations of the rules on election day.