December 8th, 2011
10:35 AM ET

Putin accuses U.S. of encouraging Russia election protests

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin blamed the United States Thursday for encouraging opposition protests that have broken out since parliamentary elections Sunday.

His accusation followed comments by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week on Russia's election in which she called for a "full investigation" of apparent irregularities.

The United States had "serious concerns about the conduct of the election," she said, at a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Europe Tuesday.

Speaking on state TV, Putin said Clinton had criticized the elections as "neither fair not free - even before receiving reports from international observers."

This had sent a signal to opposition figures, Putin said, who "with the support of the U.S. State Department" then began "active work."

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  1. rooney

    Or maybe she saw right through your bs elections just like the opposition did.

    December 8, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tonyxvc

    One of the short comings of our foreign policy is to verbally interject our ideas of what a democracy should look like. Although it makes good press at home, sticking our collective nose in foreign elections does absolutely no good. It alienates the participants, and unites opposition to our "intervention into a foreign states internal affairs". Not all nations have evolved as we have. Not all states will have governments that look like ours? Thank God!

    December 8, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Ancient Texan

      Putin has injected his views into our national discussions several times, so turn about.....

      December 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sovereign Copyright

    Well, he's throwing such a hissy about it...guilty conscience perhaps?

    December 8, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tonyxvc

      Well that's Russian business ..Not ours! My comments do not solely refer to Putin, but to many emerging democracy's. It has taken America 100's of years to develop a dis-functional legislature...I'm sure, given time, other nations can do the same.

      December 8, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO

    It's been a quarter century since Glasnost and P-, and still this is happening.

    I know how to spell P-, but CNN blocks that word for some reason.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO


    December 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
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  7. Portland tony

    It took us more than a generation, civil war and all, to get our act to together. Their history reeks from totalitarianism. From the Czar's monarchy to Stalin's dictatorship, to the breakup of the USSR. There are far too many ethnic and philosophical differing splinter groups to lay the ground work for an American like democracy. Give em a few generations.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO

    You're probably right Tony, but back in the 80's I was hoping for more.

    December 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    All in all, I would *much* rather live in our dysfunctional society here in the US than Russia, or any other place in the world.
    Except perhaps Canada.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Australia – THAT is the place to be.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. The Woof

    Putin is a master of "wag the dog". There are still Russian that fight the Cold War in their hearts so blaming the US diverts heat from him and the reality of his dictatorship.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      That's so true ...That's why we should butt out!

      December 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Things are much more complicated. See my blog

      December 9, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    @ Portland tony

    What you say makes sense. Its becoming an obsession with us to find faults in others, seek demons elsewhere or demonize to further political agenda not necessarily in the best interests of America or Americans.
    The past decade has seen us suffer under the consequences of this thought process. Unfortunately for this nation those now dominating the political future ( read GOP line up) havn't learned and pose a graver threat to their own country.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. in Soviet Russia

    elections fix you!

    December 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lisa

    I knew that would happen. As soon as she opened her yap, I thought it was stupid to do because now it gives Moscow a place to deflect the attention, instead of where it should lie, which is dissatisfaction with Putin and the party. She should have kept her mouth shut.

    December 9, 2011 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
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    December 9, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bugs Ears

    ☼ ☼ ❂

    December 9, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
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