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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

OSCE Asks for Cooperation

Despite severe restrictions imposed by Moscow, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has confirmed that it will monitor State Duma elections and asked for full cooperation from Russian election officials.

"We hope that we may still be able to offer some assessment of the legislative framework and the very last stages of the campaign," the OSCE's election watchdog, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, said in a statement.

Russia has angered members of the 56-nation OSCE by delaying invitations until last week and limiting the numbers of observers to 70. OSCE officials initially said they were unsure whether they would send monitors at all. For the last Duma elections, in 2003, the organization set up a 450-member monitoring mission after an invitation arrived more than 10 weeks before the vote.

The OSCE urged Moscow to give full cooperation in issuing visas and accreditations as well as other logistical support ahead of the Dec. 2 elections. It called for "full and timely access to all relevant officials and other election stakeholders."