Report indicates that US funded Russian election watchdog

Dec 11, 2011 12:00 AM

The US State Department has funded the Russian election watchdog, Golos, to discredit the results of the Russian parliamentary elections and advance US foreign policies, a report has revealed.
The Russian news website Life News published emails that it claimed show the correspondence between the US State Department and the Russian election watchdog Golos and the detail of the payments received for the work done to discredit the results of Russia's parliamentary vote.

Life News said it has accessed 60 megabytes of Golos' private online correspondence sent and received by Golos Executive Chief Lilya Shibanova and her deputy Grigory Melkonyants.
Earlier, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused US officials of provoking post-election unrest in his country, saying "no one wanted to see chaos" in Russia. Putin said that US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has given signals to the Russian opposition to pour into the streets and challenge the results of the recent parliamentary elections.

His comments come after mass protests contested the results of the polls in which Putin's party won almost half the votes. Around 1,000 protesters have been arrested in the days following the polls.
Demonstrators have demanded a repeat of parliamentary elections, with the presidential council on human rights also calling for the elections to be held once again.

Nationwide protests started in Vladivostok, eight time zones away from Moscow. Thousands turn out in major cities across Siberia and the Urals in rallies largely organized via social networking websites.
Clinton has alleged that Russia's parliamentary vote was rigged, demanding a full investigation. In response, Russia has accused the US and its allies of meddling in Moscow's internal affairs.

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