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Elections in Russia will be held under international supervision

November 1 2007

Professional international observers should arrive Russia for control stroke 2 election December.

"As Russia assumed the obligation to invite international observers, so she invites them," - said CEC member Igor Borisov radio "Russian news service." "There are no deadlines, as well as the number of invited observers - such commitments, we did not take over," - he said. Admission of observers sent in time, no delay, there is "- said a member of the CEC.

"We believe must arrive professionals and whichever is necessary for objective and reliable evaluation those procedures which we here host carry" - said he. In this case, a member of the CEC noted that Russia can not provide financial assistance to international observers, "otherwise it would be biased."

Among those the White House expressed "concern and disappointment" at the restrictions imposed by Russia on observers (OSCE), which should arrive in the country to monitor the parliamentary elections. "We would like to see elections in Russia were held in a free and fair atmosphere, and therefore we express our concern and disappointment over the terms and conditions contained in the invitation," - said press secretary Dana Perino said the White House.

Press Secretary's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in the OSCE Urdur Gunnarsdottir described the invitation as "unprecedented," according to " Interfax ". At the invitation came from Russia to the OSCE, includes a proposal to limit the number of observers for parliamentary elections to 400 persons, while in previous elections in Russia have worked more than 1100 representatives of the OSCE.

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