Russia enraged by European observers

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A row has erupted in Russia about the recent visit by a Council of Europe delegation of electoral observers led by Dutch Socialist Party senator Tiny Kox.

Last week Mr Kox said the delegation had concluded there was “great concern about equal treatment” for candidates taking part in the parliamentary elections scheduled for 4 December. He added there were “serious worries that the results could be manipulated”.

The head of the Russian electoral commission Vladimir Churov says the delegation may have broken the law by criticising an electoral campaign while it was still taking place. Tiny Kox and Swedish delegate Marietta de Purbaix-Lundin could have forfeited their right to visit Russia, he added.

At the beginning of the month another Dutchman, former correspondent Alexander Münninghoff, was rejected as an observer. It’s not known what Moscow’s objections were.

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