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Latest Duma elections most fair in Russia’s history - Medvedev

January 25, 2012, 18:13 UTC+3

“There is no place for political hysteria. If there are sufficient reasons, go to court,” he advised

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MOSCOW, January 25 (Itar-Tass) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said that the latest State Duma elections were the fairest in the whole history of Russia.

“I have some experience of monitoring elections, starting form 1991,” Medvedev recalled. “However harshly these elections may be criticized – and there certainly were violations, and in some cases, probably, glaring violations, yet those were the cleanest elections in history. There you have it,” he said.

He dismissed the speculations the judges had been instructed to reject complaints over election violations.

“There is no place for political hysteria. If there are sufficient reasons, go to court,” he advised those who claim that in the State Duma there were many abuses.

“But courts sustain the lawsuits only in some cases, not all of them,” he acknowledged.

“There have been no instructions, and nobody will dare issue them,” Medvedev said. “If that is exposed to the general public, the one responsible will in fact put a signature under a conviction verdict,” he explained.

“If there are reasons, go to court and press for the proper results,” Medvedev said. “The final report will be made on the results.”

“We must all together ensure the election system should become more perfect,” the president said. “We must take action to ensure the elections evoke fewer questions.”

Medvedev said that violations and attempts at rigging have always happened at all elections.

“But we must ensure all that be under the control of society,” he said.



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