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Russia says US criticism of vote 'unacceptable'

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US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, and Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite shake hands prior to the 18th OSCE Ministerial Council in the Exhibition centre LITEXPO in Vilnius, Lithuania, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.
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MOSCOW, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Russia dismissed U.S. criticism of its parliamentary election as unacceptable on Tuesday and urged its former Cold War enemy to refrain from such "hostile attacks" in future. Washington said it was seriously concerned by the conduct of Sunday's election, in which Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party suffered a decline in support but won a slim majority in the lower house.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been seeking to consolidate improvements in the sometimes strained relationship with Russia, suggested earlier on Tuesday the vote was neither free nor fair.

Thousands of Russians protested in Moscow against the alleged vote-rigging on Monday and demanded an end to Putin's rule. A few hundred stages similar protests on Tuesday.

"Regrettably, Washington sticks to outdated stereotypes and labels without even attempting to understand what is happening in our electorate," the Foreign Ministry statement said, describing comments by the White House, Clinton and the State Department as "unacceptable".

Clinton, who has repeatedly praised the results of the so-called reset in relations with Russia, said she was concerned by what she said were stuffed ballot boxes and manipulated voter lists in the Russian vote.

"We hope that in the future the U.S. side will refrain from such hostile attacks that run counter to the overall positive development of our bilateral relations," the Foreign Ministry said.

Despite the "reset", the two sides are at odds over several issue, including U.S. plans to set up an anti-ballistic missile shield which it says would to defend Europe against potential threats from states such as Iran.
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Anonymous Dec. 6, 2011, 9:07 p.m.    

Why russian media not showing russian protest?

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Anonymous Dec. 7, 2011, 2:14 a.m.    

Too embarrassing for Russia to show this discontent.

And the media is always under threat if it shows something the kremlin doesn't like.

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Anonymous Dec. 6, 2011, 10:13 p.m.    

Hey Putin!!

we understand exactly what is going on.. same as in past election.. defrauding the elctorate so you can steal from the country..

same as in Ukraine with yanukovich.. you both lick each others arses

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Anonymous Dec. 6, 2011, 10:24 p.m.    

Yes the people there do not deserve a free and fair election unless they get on the streets and demand it. Otherwise enjoy the poverty of the 95% living in a concrete box.

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Anonymous Dec. 7, 2011, 12:20 a.m.    

You 95% of the US indeed is suffering and there are mass protests against the US rulers - the banksters and their dogs in the US Congress. The US being police state throws in jails thousands of the &quot;occupy&quot; movements all over the country.

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Anonymous Dec. 7, 2011, 5:02 p.m.    

Many Russian &quot;voters&quot; support Putin.

At a rally in support of &quot;United Russia&quot; gathered 13-year old children, who covered the face with his hands and scarves.

http://tsn.ua/svit/fanati-putina-yakih-zvezli-u-moskvu-nochuyut-u-hlivah-dlya-bidla.html

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Anonymous Dec. 7, 2011, 12:16 a.m.    

The US lost any moral credentials to criticize anyone regarding elections, considering the MEDIEVAL electoral college system the US PLUTOCRACY uses to suppress the popular vote. Iran got more democratic elections.

The US are butt of any joke, heh, heh, heh :D

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Anonymous Dec. 7, 2011, 12:24 a.m.    

Unlike the US, Russia elections are democratic and various groups are represented.

The western morons are angry to the fact that the Russia people prefer to elect COMMUNISTS instead of west-paid LIBErasts, what is no wonder considering the reality - COMMUNIST China OWNS the BROKE &amp; SINKING US, and the whole west stinks on ice up to their necks in debt.

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Anonymous Dec. 7, 2011, 2:19 a.m.    

Not quite.

Putin disallowed a number of individuals and opposition parties from being registered... thus making them ineligible to compete.

The Russian election was as corrupt and rigged....as all Russian elections are...as anywhere else.

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Anonymous Dec. 7, 2011, 8:55 a.m.    

Compared to the US election farce, the Russia elections are pinnacle of honesty freedom and democracy, heh, heh, heh :D

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Anonymous Dec. 7, 2011, 1:09 a.m.    

Clinton should fix the US electoral system before she criticizes others.

The results of the election are within expectations, public opinion polls and exit polls.

The Russian/European system is by far more representative and more democratic then the US electoral system. In Russia only 5% of the electorate was disenfranchised where as with the USA first-past-the-post two-horse-state voting system up to 60% are denied representation of a person of their choosing.

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Anonymous Dec. 7, 2011, 7:15 a.m.    

The Russian &quot;system&quot; is completely fake and rigged.

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Anonymous Dec. 7, 2011, 8:33 a.m.    

The US system is no better

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Anonymous Dec. 7, 2011, 1:53 a.m.    

Russia is unacceptable.

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Anonymous Dec. 7, 2011, 8:33 a.m.    

QUOTE:

Catherine Ashton said in a statement on Tuesday that she took note of the fact that the Duma election was well-prepared and administered.

Winners are grinners and losers are wingers. Those who have an extreme political agenda are seeking to fuel social unrest by making false unsubstantiated claims. The results of the election are in line with expectations, public opinion polls and independent exit polls.

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Anonymous Dec. 7, 2011, 1:47 p.m.    

The above message brought to you by Nashi the Gazprom sponsored putin youth league similar to hitlers paid by russian gas money....nothing but

robots who will sell their own mothers for a few rubles to buy vodka--shame on you traitors for supporting a scumbag dictator - ballot stuffing robots are usefull idiots said stalin your hero as well-ha ha

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Anonymous Dec. 7, 2011, 3:40 p.m.    

You pathetic sovok - taking her comments out of contenxt.

Here's how she characterized as &quot;administered&quot;

&quot;Reports of procedural violations, such as lack of media impartiality, lack of separation between party and state, and the harassments of independent monitoring attempts, are however of serious concern,&quot; she said.

She also expressed the hope that the issues raised in preliminary findings would be addressed when Russia holds a presidential election in March.

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Anonymous Dec. 7, 2011, 1:37 p.m.    

HEH HEH HAWWWWWWW THE EMPORER OR SHOULD I SAY TSAR LIVES IN PALACES,SIPHONS THE NATIONS GAS MONEY INTO HIS SWISS BANK ACCOUNTS CONTROLS THE MEDIA,BLOCKS THE INTERNET SENDS THE ARMY AGAINST HIS OWN PEOPLE,ARRESTS AND KILLS JOURNALISTS THROWS DISSIDENTS INTO JAIL INCLUDING GRANDMOTHERS PROTESTING FOR A BETTER LIFE....GEE SOUNDS LIKE THOSE OTHER TWO MAFIOSO PRESIDENTS YANUKOVITCH AND LUKASHENKO .EURASIAN UNITED YEAH SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT DEAL FOR THE IMPRISONED PEOPLE OF RUSSIA,UKRAINE AND BYELORUSS A GREAT DEAL KEEP THEM WORKING LIKE SLAVES FOR THESE DICTATORS WHILE THE PEOPLE TRY TO SUBSIST ON A FEW CRUMBS.

WELL WE GOT NEWS FOR YOU YOU TWO BIT FAT LITTLE EMPORERS YOUR TIME IS UP AND THE PEOPLE ARE FED UP WITH YOUR THIEVING WE WANT ARE COUNTRIES BACK-THERE ARE A LOT OF US AND YOUR TIME IS UP----THE REVOLUTION BEGINS

RUSSIA WITHOUT PUTIN-UKRAINE WITHOUT YANUKOVITCH-BYELORUSS WITHOUT LUKASHENKO--GOOD RIDDANCE TO THE SCUM--HA HA HA HAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

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Anonymous Dec. 7, 2011, 3:26 p.m.    

a United Russia deputy calling anti-government bloggers &quot;stupid sheep&quot; among other things

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http://www.kyivpost.com/news/russia/detail/118351/#ixzz1fr3DGZyM

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