Russia's Liberal Democratic Party claims violations during regional polls
The Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) has filed 25 complaints with the Central Election Commission (CEC) over violations noted by its observers during Sunday's regional elections, LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky said at a press conference at Interfax's central office on Monday.
"We have registered 133 violations and sent 25 complaints to the CEC," he said.
Among the most widely spread violations he mentioned ballot stuffing, incidents in which large groups of voters are taken to polling stations on special buses, an unfair ban on audio or video recording at some of the polling stations, and the removal of LDPR observers from or denying them access to polling stations in some districts.
LDPR's election results have been distorted, Zhirinovsky claimed. "Our potential is 20 percent. We are being dried and squeezed all the time".
Speaking of the A Just Russia party, he said that it should disappear because harms everyone - the Kremlin and the opposition alike.
"We think that this structure should disappear. It is unnecessary. It harms everyone - the Kremlin, the left-wing Communists, us and Bolotnaya," the LDPR leader said.
He believes that the goals set for A Just Russia when it was founded have not been achieved. "They hoped that something would come of it, maybe a left leg, but it turned into a kind of little finger-hermaphrodites."
About the Communists, Zhirinovsky said that they "prevent us from living a free life". "All the former and current governors, they were all members of one criminal organization called the CPSU [Communist Party of the Soviet Union]".
"When we bury Lenin and dissolve left-wing parties, then we'll be able to breathe easier," Zhirinovsky said.