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UK mainstream media accused of misreporting Russian presidential election

The UK and its mainstream media are misrepresenting the election process in Russia, claiming that the Sunday presidential election was rigged, in spite of there being evidence to the contrary, Janice Atkinson, the vice-president of the European Parliament said.

Addressing a news conference of international observers in Moscow on Monday, Alkins said: “no, you’re not going to get a fair hearing, absolutely.

“I saw the mainstream media, the BBC reporting and the mainstream media at home, the left and right, and you’re not going to get a fair hearing in Britain.

“They’re saying that your votes are rigged; the cameras were turned away from the electronic voting machines.

“I actually checked that and I could see that the cameras were actually working,” Atkinson said.

The politician added that there were alternative media outlets that could report on the election truthfully to counter what the mainstream media broadcast.

Incumbent President Vladimir Putin is leading in the vote count with 76.67 percent after 99.75 percent of the ballots have been processed.

Earlier, the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) chairperson, Ella Pamfilova said any violations that took place during the Russian presidential election should be revealed and strictly punished, including on the basis of the Russian Criminal Code’s provisions for a group conspiracy.

“ny violations should be, first of all, revealed, and then the results should be canceled, if there is a reason for this.

“And it is also necessary to punish those responsible in full compliance with the law … including based on the article of the Criminal Code on a group conspiracy,” Pamfilova said at the CEC meeting.

The official added that voting results would be annulled at several polling stations.

“The voting results will be annulled at five polling stations in three federal subjects of Russia,” Pamfilova said.

UK mainstream media accused of misreporting Russian presidential election

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