Russian Embassy in US Slams State Department Over Meddling in Domestic Election
Sputnik/ Vitaliy TimkivUS07:15 17.03.2018(updated 09:50 17.03.2018) Get short URL381
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Russian Embassy in Washington accused the US State Department of interfering in Russian home affairs over claims that the upcoming presidential voting would not be transparent.
“[State Dept] is showing another example of interference in our internal affairs. Now with fake news. Bad attempt to damage Russian democracy. Will not work. Full transparency of Presidential elections guaranteed,” the Embassy tweeted in response.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert tweeted Friday that the Russian Central Election Commission had allegedly denied observer status to 5,000 independents, in what she said was a proof that Kremlin authorities “fear transparency.”
Russians will go to the polls this Sunday to elect a new president. Incumbent Vladimir Putin is running as an independent. He is challenged by Sergey Baburin from All-People’s Union, Communist Party’s Pavel Grudinin, Civil Initiative’s Ksenia Sobchak, Communists of Russia’s Maxim Suraykin, presidential commissioner for entrepreneurs’ rights Boris Titov, the Yabloko party’s Grigory Yavlinsky, and the Liberal Democratic leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky.