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Statement of the MFA on the Elections in Russia

 

The MFA closely observes and evaluates the elections process. The preliminary results indicate, that the development in Russia after the elections will be in the expected direction, under the influence of political forces representing the interests of the current administration in the Kremlin....(3/12/2007)

The MFA closely observes and evaluates the elections process. The preliminary results indicate, that the development in Russia after the elections will be in the expected direction, under the influence of political forces representing the interests of the current administration in the Kremlin.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, without anticipating the final results of the elections, states that the elections in the Russian Federation do not meet the criteria of free and fair approach. The Russian authorities did not allow the OSCE to observe the elections independently, and the election campaign did not proceed according to democratic standards, which was confirmed by the inadequate intervention of Russian state authorities againts opposition forces. The future composition of the Russian Parliament will therefore remain in the shadow of doubts concerning the circumstances of this composition.

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