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Clinton: Serious concerns on Russia vote

2011-12-05 22:30

Bonn - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday she had "serious concerns" about the conduct of Russia's parliamentary elections and Russians deserved a full investigation of all reported irregularities.

Speaking on the sidelines of an international conference on Afghanistan, Clinton added in remarks to reporters that she was troubled by reports that the Russian Golos election monitor had suffered cyber attacks.

A nearly complete vote count indicated Putin's United Russia party won 49.55% in Sunday's election, enough to secure 238 of the 450 seats in the State Duma lower house, the Central Election Commission said - a loss of 77 seats it held in the outgoing Duma.

Comments
  • sachasea - 2011-12-06 08:57

    Russian democracy is a sham, but it would be wise to practice what you preach Hillary. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. US elections are not known for their transparency either, remember how controversial the Florida vote was in 2000? Just because you're the most powerful democracy at present, doesn't mean you don't have your own faults at home. Get your own house in order before you criticize others. US foreign policy is so hypocritical.

      Dirk - 2011-12-06 09:58

      We should all be concerned, not only by Russia, but also China. We could very easily wake up to find the communists in full control again. In any event, many communists have moved to Putins party, simply to get access to the gravy

      Fidel - 2011-12-06 13:35

      Always a bogeyman to fear, Russians, Moslems, Chinese and now Iranians!

  • Fidel - 2011-12-06 09:53

    Americans used to laugh at the Soviet 'elections' where you could vote for any candidates you like, so long as they were communists. They have sleepwalked themselves into an almost identical situation where you can vote for any candidates you like so long as they're neoliberal capitalists.

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