Foreign monitors said on Monday there were serious problems with Russia’s presidential poll.
The government’s control of the whole electoral process rendered the vote unfair, they said.
Tiny Kox, Dutch MP and member of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe, told reporters: “The Russian presidential election showed a clear winner with an absolute majority avoiding a second round.
“However, voters choice was limited. Electoral competition lacked fairness and an impartial referee was missing.”
That view was echoed by Tonino Picula, the head of mission for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
“We hope that the Russian authorities engage more energetically in complying with the OSCE commitments and expect that they will take these remarks as an incentive to engage in a process of electoral reform, thus allowing genuine competition in future elections,” he said.
Picula said one-third of polling stations reported irregularities.
Golos, an independent election watchdog, said it had received more than 3,000 reports of fraud.
Samples of videos denouncing the alleged fraud
Daguestan. (being investigated by authorities)
Daguestan. Different polling station.
Yekaterinburg. Filmed at 00:47 local time according to the user who posted the video.
Official webcam network website: http://webvybory2012.ru/