EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia Accused OSCE Of Double Standard In Post- Soviet Countries

Posted by Info on 04/09/2011

President Dmitry Medvedev accused the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe of using double standards and attempting to influence the internal affairs of some ex-Soviet nations.

The OSCE, the world’s largest security body with 56 member states from Europe, Central Asia and North America, has issued scathing reports about general elections in Russia and some of its ex-Soviet cousins, often rating them neither free nor fair.

Russia holds a parliamentary election in December and a presidential election follows next March at which either Putin or Medvedev is likely to be the leading candidate.

Medvedev rapped the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights for sending “huge delegations” to monitor elections. “Let’s call a spade a spade — this approach is often based on double standards.”
“Naturally, all of us are striving for free and democratic elections, but this does not mean open access for any external force that could try to shape the internal situation in our states from abroad.”

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