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Russia Claims US Is Meddling in Its Presidential Election

Russia Claims US Is Meddling in Its Presidential Election
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By    |   Thursday, 28 December 2017 07:49 AM

Russia is accusing the United States of interfering with its upcoming presidential election after State Department officials criticized a decision preventing opposition politician Alexei Navalny from challenging President Vladimir Putin next year, the Washington Examiner reported.

Navalny was blocked from running for president by the Russian Central Election Commission. The decision sparked a statement of concern by U.S. officials.

"These actions indicate the Russian government has failed to protect space in Russia for the exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms," the State Department said in a comment shared with Business Insider.

"More broadly, we urge the government of Russia to hold genuine elections that are transparent, fair, and free and that guarantee the free expression of the will of the people, consistent with its international human rights obligations."

But the statement prompted this response from Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, The Moscow Times reported.

"This State Department statement, which I'm sure will be repeated, is a direct interference in our electoral process and internal affairs," Zakharova wrote on Facebook.

Her statement was translated by The Moscow Times.

Navalny had planned to run against Putin in March, but election officials barred him over an outstanding conviction his backers describe as politically motivated, according to the Washington Examiner.

He is now urging voters to boycott the election.

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