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Russia: OSCE Rejects New Offer For Monitoring Presidential Poll

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has rejected what Russia describes as new concessions in their quarrel over conditions for monitoring Russia’s presidential poll. The OSCE says the Kremlin continues to impose too many restrictions to make any monitoring of the March 2 vote meaningful. The organization did not send observers for Russia’s December 2 parliamentary elections because of similar problems. Curtis Budden, a spokesman for the OSCE’s election-monitoring arm, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), says that Moscow’s latest offer still does not give monitors the time they need to monitor the full presidential election process. Full Story

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