Russia Refuses OSCE Observer's Invitation to Presidential Elections

PeopleDiplomats ♦ Published: February 11, 2024; 18:53 ♦ (Vindobona)

The Russian Federation's decision not to invite observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to the upcoming presidential elections has been met with deep regret by the leaders of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA).

Vladimir Putin's re-election in the upcoming Russian presidential election is inevitable, raising concerns about democratic competition. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / - The President of the Russian Federation [CC BY-SA 3.0 (]

In the upcoming Russian presidential election, Vladimir Putin's re-election seems inevitable, raising questions about political competition and the democratic process.

Matteo Mecacci, Director of the ODIHR, expressed deep disappointment at the decision to exclude the OSCE from observing the Russian presidential election. "This contradicts the Russian Federation's commitments to…