International observers said on Dec. 8 that Russia's parliamentary elections failed to meet many democratic criteria and called into question Moscow's commitment to Western standards of democracy."The elections failed to meet many OSCE commitments and to [meet] the Council of Europe and other international standards," Bruce George, a top official from the Pan-European OSCE rights and democracy body, told reporters."It's the shared and unanimous view that these deficiencies called into question Russia's willingness to move toward European and international standards for democratic election...
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