MOSCOW, February 14 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia’s opposition is seeking to discredit presidential elections and announces them illegitimate well in advance, Sergei Neverov, United Russia General Council Presidium secretary and Vice Speaker of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, said on Tuesday.
“Statements on illegitimacy of the election campaign voiced recentrly are nothing more but yetanother attempt to announce the presidential polls invalid well before March 4,” he told journalists.
In his words, this is the way the parliament opposition is trying “to find an excuse for its next fiasco,” because they understand that neither of their candidates can be a serious rival to Vladimir Putin.
The non-systemic opposition, according to Neverov, opted for the same tactics as well. “Already now, well ahead of March 4, they are staging their pickets in protest against the polling results,” he noted.
“It is absolutely clear that whatever the election campaign results might be the opposition will say they are falsified,” Neverov said. “They don’t need fair elections of the president, they seek to use any election campaign as a tool to discredit the existing political system.”
“Seeking to deliberately rock the boat, these guys of the leftist and rightist orientation are acting equally irresponsibly,” he stressed. “When it comes to satisfying personal ambitions, they use the interests of the people and the future and integrity of Russia as a bargaining chip.”