December 6th, 2011
09:27 AM ET

Clinton calls for probe of Russian vote

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Tuesday for a "full investigation" of irregularities in Sunday's parliamentary elections in Russia, citing "serious concern" about the vote.

Shortly after she spoke, the Central Election Commission announced that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's party suffered a large loss of seats in the election.

United Russia will have 238 seats, down from more than 300 in the outgoing parliament, or Duma, Central Election Commission head Vladimir Churov announced with 99.99% of ballots counted.

United Russia polled just under 50%, preliminary results showed earlier.

The Communist party will have 92 seats, A Just Russia will have 64, and the Liberal Democrats will have 56, Churov said.

Moscow braced for opposing rallies as the results were announced, and Russian security forces were on high alert.

The opposition Other Russia party announced plans to demonstrate against the election results, while Putin's United Russia will hold a separate rally, the Interfax news agency reported.

Security forces will remain on alert until results are declared, the Interior Ministry said earlier Tuesday. Officials did not say how many extra security forces were deployed or what units they were from.

Clinton was speaking as ministers met at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, whose election monitors also criticized the election.

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  1. Frank Jeff

    Stay out of other nations unless we want their natural resources for ourselves.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank Jeff

    We have no reason to be in Africa. Our slaves come aaccross our southern border of their own free will. We should leave Africa. Except for diamonds and oil. Maybe a few monkeys. No rhino horns though. That would be bad.

    December 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ????

    Just what Russia needs, Hillary telling them how to run their business. Russia probably can sort out their own problems. Maybe Hillary should be working on the problems in this nation.

    December 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    @chrissy:
    I so detest trolls, and those who will twist things to suit their own...um...strange ideas for world happenings...and to use someone who has a disability, one NOT of their own choosing, just to try a make a ridiculous point, is especially sad.
    These people need to search their hearts, assuming they have one, and try to figure out why they are such miserable human beings that thrive on causing others deliberate pain.
    Thank goodness CNN was on the ball today, and deleted the worst of them.

    December 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Doug Phillips

    @Frank Jeff it sounds like your poor wife's biggest handicap is being married to YOU!!

    December 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. End to Globalists

    The US is the Troll of this Universe. When will someone please invade this country to give us democracy?

    December 7, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. zelda

    WT F Frank, Are you HIGH?
    @ End to Globalists, Yes when will Americans realize how we bleed other nations DRY!
    R a y p e, Steal, and Murder!!!!!

    December 7, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mark L.

    The Russian elections were almost as 'fixed' and the 2000 U.S. elections, Bush vs. Gore. G.W. Bush clearly STOLE this election from Al Gore.

    December 7, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. SAMMIEB51

    Too bad the Russians didn't make such a stink about the 2000 Presidential election in our country, maybe the outcome would have been different somehow since our Supreme Court made the decision AFTER they stopped the recount in Flroida.
    Why don't we MIND OUR OWN STINKING BUSINESS and quit meddling in the world's politics?

    December 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
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