Moscow – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has called for a probe into allegations of vote fraud in recent parliamentary elections, according to a post on his Facebook page Sunday, CNN reports.
The announcement came a day after thousands of protesters braved freezing temperatures to demonstrate in several cities to protest what they believe were rigged elections. “I agree neither with the slogans nor the statements voiced at the protests,” the statement on Medvedev’s Facebook page said. “Nevertheless, I have ordered checks into all the reports from polling stations, regarding the compliance with the election laws.”
United Russia, the party of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, suffered big losses in the election, but retained its parliamentary majority, according to official results.
On Saturday, protesters in Moscow claimed the results were fraudulent and chanted “Putin out,” according to the state-run RIA Novosti news agency. Election officials on Friday released the official election results: 238 seats for United Russia; 92 seats for the Communists; 64 seats for Fair Russia; and 56 seats for the Liberal Democrats.
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