As a whole bunch collect in Moscow to protest in opposition to parliamentary election outcomes, President Putin says they have been ‘held openly and in strict accordance with the law’.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised final week’s parliamentary elections as “free and fair”, whereas greater than 1,000 individuals gathered in Moscow to protest in opposition to the outcomes of the polls that have been overshadowed by mass accusations of fraud.
“The elections themselves were held openly and in strict accordance with the law,” Putin stated on Saturday throughout talks with high politicians from all events represented within the new State Duma. He pointed to the truth that a brand new, fifth power is now represented within the parliament with the New People celebration as proof of a democratic election course of.
The last election outcomes have been launched on Friday and handed the ruling United Russia celebration that backs Putin 324 of the State Duma’s 450 seats.
Opposition and unbiased election observers complained of quite a few violations and systematic fraud.
The rally in central Moscow was known as by the Communist Party, which got here in second with 18.9 per cent. Among the parliamentarians’ calls for have been a recount of votes solid on-line,
which the opposition claims have been systematically falsified.
“I came here today to express my will that we have once again been deceived,” stated a girl on the protest.
The protest at Pushkin Square attracted a heavy police presence, with obstacles erected and prisoner transport autos standing prepared. However, no detentions have been seen on the protest.
Officers performed music over loudspeakers, presumably to drown out the speeches made by communists on the protest. Russian authorities had earlier issued a warning about collaborating in unauthorised protests.
Hundreds of Moscow residents responded to an analogous name for protests by the Communist Party final Monday. In the times that adopted, a number of members have been arrested. Protest-monitoring group OVD-Info stated it was conscious of greater than 50 circumstances of individuals concerned within the protest subsequently experiencing official harassment.
The Kremlin has stated it needs digital voting, which was utilized in Moscow for final week’s election in addition to a number of different areas, to be rolled out nationwide in future votes.