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WARSAW, October 11 (Itar-Tass) — Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights /ODIHR/ that reports to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has received an invitation to send an observer mission to watch the December 2011 election to the lower house of Russian parliament, the State Duma, Jens Eschenbaecher, the ODIHR press secretary said.
He indicated that the ODIHR plans sending the mission to Russia six weeks prior to the election.
According to Eschenbaecher, the Russian side stated in its invitation it was ready to host not more than 200 observers, including the experts with long-term stays and short-term sojourns.
Eschenbaecher admitted that the ODIHR expected a greater quota but he said that 200 persons would be enough to the office to do the election monitoring job as it found appropriate.
The ODIHR initially harbored the hopes to sent 200 short-term observers and 60 long-term observers to Russia.