The U.S. state Department commented on the results of the elections to the state Duma

The United States welcomes the preliminary report of observers of the OSCE ODIHR (Office for democratic institutions and human rights) on elections to the Russian state Duma, said in a statement the state Department. “We recognize that the Russian CEC has ensured transparent elections, but also note the conclusions of the report [of the ODIHR. —], according to which “the elections were negatively affected by limitations on fundamental freedoms and rights, tight control over the media and pressure on civil society”, — underlined in the message.

The state Department also “shares the concerns of observers about what the candidates’ registration process was undermined by restrictions and excessive demands, particularly for independent candidates. Us Department of state drew attention to the reports during the campaign period, the abuse of administrative resources by local authorities, preventing some events.” In addition, the state Department “reiterates the concerns over the persecution of prominent members of the political opposition”.

Like people everywhere, Russia deserves free, fair and transparent elections and leaders who are accountable to those whom they represent, said the state Department. In this regard, the American foreign Ministry urges the Russian authorities to take positive measures in accordance with the recommendations of the OSCE report, and the recommendations of other domestic and international observers”.

The preliminary OSCE report on elections in the state Duma of the seventh convocation, held on Sunday, September 18, was published earlier on Monday. It was noted that the campaign was restrained and was accompanied by a number of disorders, despite the increase in transparency.

September 17, the day before the election, the state Department issued a statement in which it stressed that the United States considers illegitimate elections in the state Duma, which will be held on the territory of Crimea and does not recognize their results. “Our position on Crimea is clear: the Peninsula remains an integral part of Ukraine. Anti-Russian sanctions in connection with accession of the Crimea, will not be lifted until Russia will regain control over the region to Ukraine”, — stated in the message.

The EU on Monday expressed a similar position. The representative of the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini said that the observation mission of the OSCE / ODIHR and the diplomats of member countries of the European Union was not involved in the observation of elections in Crimea and Sevastopol.

According to the CEC according to the results of counting 99% of ballots on elections of the state Duma of the seventh convocation, United Russia is leading with of 54.17% of the votes, the Communist party gains of 13.37%, LDPR — 13,18%, “Fair Russia” — 6,21%.