HILLARY CLINTON CONCERNED ABOUT RUSSIA'S PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS
- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the US has "serious concerns" about the conduct of Russia's parliamentary elections.
"We do have serious concerns about the conduct of the elections," Clinton told a press conference, citing a preliminary report by the OSCE about alleged attempts to stuff ballot boxes and manipulate voter lists.
She said she expected to be briefed after she arrives later Monday, December 5, at OSCE headquarters in Vilnius.
"We are also concerned by reports that independent Russian election observers... were harassed and had cyber attacks on their websites," she said.
With 96 per cent of the vote counted, the country's Central Election Commission said it had won 49.5 per cent of the vote, technically short of a simple majority but just enough to scrape a majority of seats in the Duma, the lower house of parliament.
Barring the unexpected, United Russia is forecast to control 238 seats in the 450-seat Duma for the next five years, down from 315 seats previously, The telegraph reported.
- 1837 Birth of Stepanos Palasanyan (armenologist) in Bodushan, Moldavia. He died in 1889 in Etshmiadsin.
- 1837 Death of Hakob Shahen-Jrpetyan (armenologist) in Tbilissi. He was born in 1772 in Urfa.
- 1920 The first Armenian issue of the "Communist" daily published in Yerevan. It was the official paper of the Central Committee of the Armenian Communist Party. After 1921, it was called "Soviet Armenia".
- 1920 The first order of the Revolutionary Committee of the Armenian SSR creates the People's Commissariat of Military Affairs of the Armenian SSR.
- 1936 The 7th Extraordinary Congress of the Soviet of the USSR confirms the new constitution. The Armenian SSR becomes a Union Republic.
- 1936 The Kanaker Power Plant is put on line.