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Russia election clearly skewed for Putin

Russia’s presidential elections were “clearly skewed” in favour of the winner, Vladimir Putin, international monitors have said. Preliminary results showed that Mr Putin, who is currently prime minister, won more than 63% of votes.

There have been widespread claims of fraud and the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) said the result was “never in doubt”. Opposition groups have called for mass protests against Mr Putin’s win.

In a statement on the OSCE website, the monitors said that while all candidates had been able to campaign freely, there had been “serious problems” from the start, conditions were “clearly skewed in favour of one of the contestants, current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin”.

“The point of elections is that the outcome should be uncertain,” said Tonino Picula, co-ordinator of the OSCE mission.

“This was not the case in Russia. There was no real competition and abuse of government resources ensured that the ultimate winner of the election was never in doubt.”

Read the full article on BBC News

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