Borrell Denounces The "repression" During The Russian Elections In Which Putin’s Party Won Again

The party of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has once again swept the legislative elections this weekend, amid multiple complaints of a push. These criticisms have been joined by the High Representative for EU Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell. In a statement released this Monday, after the new victory of United Russia was known – 48% of the votes, compared to 20% of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation – he stated: “The European Union regrets that Russia’s decision to severely restricting the size and format of the OSCE’s international electoral observation mission would impede its deployment, and it takes note of independent and reliable sources reporting serious violations. “

Borrell, who had a run-in with the Putin government on his last trip to the Kremlin, affirms that “in the run-up to the elections there was increasing repression against opposition politicians, civil society organizations and the media. independent, as well as against journalists. Which resulted in the limitation of the election for Russian voters and their ability to obtain complete and accurate information on the candidates. “

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“The European Union,” the statement continues, “reiterates its deep concern about the continuing pattern of shrinking space for opposition, civil society and independent voices across Russia, and calls on the Russian government to reverse these negative developments. The Russian Federation must respect the commitments it has made within the framework of the UN, the OSCE and the Council of Europe on the protection of human rights and democratic values. “

Borrell’s note also states that “the EU does not and will not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and therefore does not recognize the so-called elections held in the occupied Crimean peninsula. The decision of the Russian Federation to involve residents of the non-government controlled territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in Ukraine in the regional and local elections of the State Duma contravenes the spirit and objectives of the Minsk agreements. The EU remains steadfast in its support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. “

The Kremlin party, United Russia, has renewed the constitutional majority in the Duma or Lower House of the Russian Parliament after seizing more than two-thirds of the seats in the chamber -315- in the elections that ended on Sunday, sources have confirmed of the official formation.

“According to data for 8 in the morning (05.00 GMT), United Russia achieved more than 48% of the votes of the citizens, which allows us to have 120 seats. At the same time, our candidates lead in 195 majority constituencies”, said the secretary general of the party, Andrei Turchak, quoted by the Interfax agency. After the scrutiny of 70% of the ballots, United Russia obtained 48.46% of the support, reported the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of the country.

In addition, the candidates of the ruling party led in almost two hundred majority constituencies of the 225 at stake. In the 2016 elections, the ruling party won more than 54.20% of the votes, which allowed it to add 334 seats and pass laws without having to agree with the opposition in Parliament. In second place, according to preliminary data from the CEC after a vote that has lasted for three days due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Communist Party remains with 20.30% of the support, compared to 13.34% that had obtained in the 2016 elections.

The Liberal-Democratic Party (7.69%), the Social Democrats of Just Russia (7.43%) and the newly formed New People (5.55%) also exceed the threshold of 5% necessary to enter the chamber. .

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