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US Election Generates Keen Interest in Russia
ALEX GORKA: DISCREPANCIES WITHIN U.S. ELECTION PROCESS INDICATE THAT NOV. 8 VOTE MAY BE RIGGED
U.S. GIVES ANOTHER REASON TO BELIEVE ITS DEMOCRACY IS DEEPLY FLAWED. (By Alex Gorka. Strategic Culture Foundation Online Journal, Oct. 23, 2016, http://ww w.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/10/23/us-gives-another-reason-b elieve-democracy-deeply-flawed.html. Condensed text:) The US has delivered another heavy blow against Russian-US relations.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Oct. 22 that Moscow finds it unacceptable that the US warned criminal charges will be brought against Russian diplomats if they appear at polling stations to observe the US election process on Nov. 8. Moscow chose to conduct the observations independently - not with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe - because it does not fully accept the ODIHR methodology and criteria used for election assessment. Besides, that would involve additional restrictions on visiting polling stations in some states.
The idea to send a delegation of observers to the US has been rejected by the State Department.
According to State Department spokesman Mark Toner, the effort to send in diplomats was a "PR stunt."
Three states - Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas - have even threatened to bring criminal charges against the diplomats if they appear at ballot stations.
By contrast, Russia sent personal invitations to US monitors asking them to observe the September parliamentary elections [see Current Digest, Vol. 68, No. 38, pp. 7 - 10], and 63 accepted the offer. In total, 774 monitors from 63 nations received accreditation to observe Russia’s parliamentary elections. In addition, US representatives visited Russia earlier as part of an OSCE/ODIHR monitoring mission.
Republican candidate Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that the election is being "rigged," which Republican officials have disputed. "I’m telling you, Nov. 8, we’d better be careful, because that election is going ...