US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has, for the second day running, expressed doubts about the Russian elections, suggesting they were neither free nor fair.
She was speaking in Lithuania at a meeting of the 56-member Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Her comments went further than her criticisms of the vote on Monday:
“We have serious concerns about the conduct of those elections. Independent political parties, such as Parnas were denied the right to register. And the preliminary report by the OSCE cites election day attempts to stuff ballot boxes, manipulate voter lists and other troubling practices.”
Clinton also expressed concerns about reports that independent Russian election observers were harrassed and were the target of cyber attacks on their websites.