Russian Duma elections ‘not held on a level playing field’

The State Duma elections in the Russian Federation on 2 December 2007 were not fair and failed to meet many OSCE and Council of Europe commitments and standards for democratic elections, according to an observation mission of parliamentarians from these two bodies. The observation, bringing together over 70 parliamentarians from 28 countries, was a joint effort of delegations from PACE, led by Luc van den Brande, and the OSCE PA, led by Göran Lennmarker. The Nordic Council also joined these two bodies in their statement.