Berlin 'very concerned' on reports of Russia vote violations
Germany expressed great concern on Monday over reports there were widespread irregularities in parliamentary elections in Russia over the weekend.
Speaking at a regular news conference, deputy government spokesman Georg Streiter said a report by international observers had shown "frequent signs of irregularities and interference."
"Of course, the federal government is very concerned about this," Streiter said.
Berlin "assumes" that questions thrown up by this report "will be cleared up," added the spokesman.
Earlier Monday, international observers led by the OSCE said that Russia's parliamentary polls were marred by frequent procedural violations including ballot stuffing.
Sunday's polls "were characterised by frequent procedural violations and instances of apparent manipulation, including serious indications of ballot box stuffing," the security body said after observing 115 polling stations.
The election resulted in a victory for Vladimir Putin's ruling party, but with a sharply reduced majority, in a blow for the Russian strongman ahead of his planned return to the Kremlin in 2012.
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