Leonid Slutsky: “The statement of the State Department about the absence of a“ free and fair procedure ”in the elections to the State Duma and Russia’s failure to fulfill its international obligations is an element of a hybrid war that has nothing to do with reality.
Such an assessment borders on interference, where one can clearly see the annoyance that all attempts of the collective West to influence the political situation in Russia were radically suppressed. And it is not for Washington to teach the conduct of “democratic elections”, to talk about the absence of observers and to talk about the observance of the rights of voters. Put things in order first in your own electoral system.
Russian voters received the widest range of opportunities to participate in parliamentary elections, even taking into account objective restrictions on the fight against coronavirus. Unprecedented transparency of the voting process was ensured, the number of violations was minimal. No one disputes the results of the elections, no one storms the Duma in protest against the results of the parliamentary campaign. And, probably, the United States has a lot to learn from Russia in this regard.
Complaints about the absence of an OSCE / ODIHR mission are double standards. Russia has provided the OSCE observation structures with a quota that is almost twice the size of the ODIHR observer delegation in the last US elections. However, they themselves refused to come to Russia. This is their choice, but this does not mean that the vote in the State Duma took place in the absence of international observation. Monitoring groups from almost 60 countries of the world followed what was happening at the polling stations in Russia and stated that the elections were being held in full compliance with democratic norms. This is an objective reality, everything else is a geopolitical struggle.”