December 12, 2017 – FRN –
Russia expects that the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights will send several hundred observers to the presidential election in 2018. The ODIHR will announce its decision within two weeks, Andrei Nesterenko said, the special envoy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Tuesday.
Nesterenko met with the delegation of the ODIHR, which visited Russia last week to prepare a mission of observers for the presidential elections. According to him, they left Russia last Saturday, promising to publish a report and to announce the number of observers that will be sent to the Russian Federation.
To clarify the question of whether the Russian Federation will object if the ODIHR decides to send too many observers, Nesterenko said that he does not think “that we will have any objections, but I assume that there will be several hundred.”
Inessa Sinchougova is an Editor and Journalist at Fort Russ News, as well as a research fellow and translator of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. She was educated at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), in the field of Political Science and was previously employed in Marketing and Communications Strategy for a Multi-National Corporation. She runs a popular YouTube channel for translations of key Russian Foreign Policy figures and appears regularly on other alternative media channels. If you like her work, you can support her Patreon here.