The U.S. State Department believes that the elections to the State Duma of Russia on September 17-19 took place in terms that do not facilitate a free and fair election process as the State Department reported.
“The Russian government’s use of laws on “extremist organizations,” “foreign agents,” and “undesirable organizations” severely restricted political pluralism and prevented the Russian people from exercising their civil and political rights,” the message says.
Besides, the State Department paid attention to restrictions from the side of the Russian government that prevented the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and its Parliamentary Assembly from observation of the elections.
The American diplomacy noted that these actions contradict the international commitments of Russia, including on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the commitments before the OSCE and other international and regional bodies.
“Furthermore, we do not recognize holding elections for the Russian Duma on sovereign Ukrainian territory and reaffirm our unwavering support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine,” the State Department underlined.
The elections to the bodies of power, as well as to the State Duma, took place in Russia on September 17,18, and 19. The voting was also held in occupied Crimea. The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine called the elections in Crimea to be a violation of international law and promised to assume measures.
Soon, chairman of the HRC commission on international cooperation in the field of human rights Kirill Vyshinsky stated that over 150,000 residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions took part in the elections to the State Duma of Russia.
Besides, Russia opened the polling stations in Transnistria. The Moldovan Foreign Ministry stated it regrets such action.