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Election observers for Russia stymied

An international security organization said Friday it has abandoned plans to monitor Russian parliamentary balloting next month because Moscow had refused to issue visas for its election observers on time. The development underscores the tensions with the West about the state of democracy under President Vladimir Putin. The standoff threatens to deepen Western doubts about the legitimacy of the Dec. 2 elections and harden Russia’s insistence that the West has no right to criticize how they are carried out. Full Story

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