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Russia leaves from - under supervision

Russia intends to change system of the international monitoring behind elections on the post-Soviet territory. Together with the several CIS countries she has submitted for consideration OSCE the project of the document which will essentially limit activity of its observers. In OSCE have declared that this initiative is unprecedented and threatens to destroy all system of monitoring.
yesterday the representative of the Russian Federation in OSCE Alexey Borodavkin officially declared that Russia and six more CIS countries (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) have brought in OSCE the draught resolution considerably limiting work by Bureau on democratic institutes and human rights (BDIPCH) - the main European body which is engaged in monitoring of elections. we have a serious concern how BDIPCH carries out supervision over elections. To this structure we have claims of political, organizational and personnel character - the Russian diplomat has declared.

the main claim of Moscow consists that observers frequently give not technical estimations, and take out political sentences which negatively affect internal political stability in those states where supervision " is spent;. It is not pleasant to Moscow and that monitoring of elections passes basically in the countries to the east from Vienna . the Main attention is given to the post-Soviet territory, though infringements full and in the countries to the West from Vienna - mister Borodavkin was indignant. At last, the structure of observant missions does not arrange Russia also. the system of a set of heads of missions is absolutely opaque. It becomes privately, behind the closed doors BDIPCH. Never was a case that observant mission was headed by the representative of one of the CIS countries - the Russian representative has complained.

the Essence of offers on reforming BDIPCH is reduced to the following. Russia and its allies suggest to limit structure of missions to 50 observers, motivating it economy of means - till now on elections to the CIS countries went from 400 to 600 observers of OSCE. Authors of the document insist and on an interdiction to observers to make comments on a course of elections and election campaigns up to official announcement of results TSIKom - now they have the right to do it right after votings.

as the member of the Central Electoral Commission of the Russian Federation Igor Borisov, " has declared yesterday; the Central Electoral Committee though did not participate in working out of these offers, completely with them is solidary . Inviting a considerable quantity of observers, we call into question possibility of Russia to organise democratic elections. And at us problems with it are not present - it has explained.

Consideration of the offered project will pass at session of ministerial council of foreign affairs of OSCE 29 - on November, 30th in Madrid. Chances of document passage are insignificant - for its statement the consent of all of 56 members of OSCE is required. As in OSCE have extremely critically apprehended the project of Russia and its allies. we do not agree with estimations which are given by the Russian officials. The quantity of observers which we send, is not an east or West question. It depends on trust degree to the organisation of elections and a transparency of democratic procedures, - has declared yesterday a press - the secretary of BDIPCH Urdur Gunnarsdottir. - we establish Quantity of observers, being guided by recommendations of our experts and the general conditions in the country .

Besides, in OSCE more than once expressed concern from - for delays with a direction Russia official invitations BDIPCH. For the first time Urdur Gunnarsdottir has declared it one month ago (see from September, 25th). the Russian authorities it is the invitation till now have not sent, - it has complained yesterday. - If it will not occur within the next few days, the situation becomes critical and will negatively affect results of work .

Igor Borisov has assured yesterday that observers from OSCE will receive the invitation: Here we will finish a party registration and then we will look, how many the organisations we should invite, how many observers we can provide and how much motivirovanno quantity of observers which will want to send the international structures .

Last night the head of Eurocommission Jose Manuel Barroso has informed after the summit Russia - EU in Portugal (p. 1 see) that Moscow has agreed to invite observers of OSCE according to normal procedure this organisation. Mister Barroso did not begin to press in details. But Alexey Borodavkin has explained yesterday: We should invite the international observers - and a point. And as monitoring will be organised, by obligations is not provided. Russia has the right to define it, as will be made. And BDIPCH on it it will be in due time informed .

However in OSCE the arisen situation see differently. Promotion of any preliminary conditions at the invitation of mission of OSCE - a thing absolutely unprecedented and negatively influencing democratic institutes - has declared Urdur Gunnarsdottir. And its chief, head BDIPCH Christian Shtroal has expressed one of these days even more rigidly: All last actions of Moscow is an attempt to destroy results of ten years of work of one of the most reliable systems on supervision over elections .