ODIHR refused to monitor the elections to the Russian Duma

"In spite of repeated trials to obtain a visa to Russia for professionals and observers, constantly denied visas," the statement said.
The Commission representative Christian Goman it stated the subsequent:
Goman: "We regret that the incident is not allowed to bring their own OSCE observers in Russia., We hope, Our homeland that according to all the safeguards that President Putin laid out at a press conference during the EU-Russia summit. He promised then that the elections will be free and will be conducted in accordance with international norms and standards, in particular the obligations of the Russian Federation as a member of the OSCE. "

Russians expect the Duma elections with cynicism and hope, 15.11.2007 Our homeland initiates reduction of international election observers to 10 times, 26.10.2007

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