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.

soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. G W Bush

    @Bombo: hanging chad, anyone?

    December 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    thank you nicole, its a start. And it is hurtful when someone uses the disabled for sport as jeff frank and i can attest to. I swore i wasnt comming back onto cnn for that very reason! Hard enough dealing with the issues of disabilities!

    December 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sovereign Copywrite


    You're both wrong. The albino gator lives in the old National Aquarium.

    December 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Let us focus on our own election process and what it has sadly come to be. Isn't that called for?

    December 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • chrissy

      I agree, saywhat. We sorely need to clean house before we start to throw stones at others! Jesus said the same thing some 2000 years ago to a bunch of Jews getting ready to stone a woman for adultry according to their laws.

      December 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George Patton

    Who the he!! does Hilary Clinton think she is calling for an inquiry into Russia's recent elections? That woman is totally arrogant, self-righteous and very contemptable to say the least!!! Now I suppose that a bunch Tea Partying morons are going to blog in a lot of idiotic statements here on her behalf! Don't they always???

    December 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • chrissy

      Thank you, George. I couldn't agree more. That broad makes me sick, too!!!

      December 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO

    G W Bush,

    If you are saying Gore got more votes nationally than Bush and SHOULD therefore have won, I agree, however those were not the rules of the time, and still are not.

    If you are saying the Florida vote specifically was tainted, I say the major fault was the voters themselves who left the booth without being careful about who they were voting for.

    But neither of those things mean the vote was "rigged", in the same sense as 1960, ie bus loads of union members being brought from precinct to precinct to vote multiple times.

    December 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Al Capone

    As if the wicked Hilderbeest of NYC knows ANYTHING about rigged elections...she STILL thinks she is President....

    December 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DJR:

    CNN’s Nicole Saidi:
    I am having trouble with my internet, so please re-send me your e-mail at the address I just posted this under.I would be very appreciative.
    Thank you for your help in advance. Sincerely,

    December 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sovereign Copyright

    Not chrissy. Either time. At all.
    Stop stealing names, troll.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    not me at l2:38 and l2:48 @ nicole saidi, this is precisely what im talking about! and most likely its the person posting as george patton he frequently trolls to agree with his self!

    December 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    thank you sovereign copyright whoever you may be.

    December 6, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Norma Tyler

    When will America learn to stay out of other people business and mine there own.Live Isarel along to if you cant stand and help them then leave them along deal with the homeless here in America.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Clintonites

    One Clinton probes a fat intern and the next Clinton wants to probe a foreign election. Neither wants to probe the Fed. Neither wants to probe Bushco oil flowing through Afghanistan to China at America's expense and useless loss of life. Bill and Hillary should stick to playing stinky finger with ea. other.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Portland tony

    Stay out of other nations internal affairs unless they jeopardize our security.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frank Jeff

    I have a wife disabled by her obesity. There have been times when she needed to go to the grocery store, and even though she has her handicapped parking card people still stare at her like she did something wrong. How rude.

    December 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
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