On 17 September 1939, the Red Army began its march of liberation through Poland. By reaching the Curzon Line, the Soviet troops prevented the Wehrmacht from entering Minsk.
The West's reaction to Russian elections is their finest hour. They have been preparing for years with all their might, a whole campaign against the Russian elections has been launched in the Western media. The West does not have any common criteria for the recognition or non-recognition of elections. The ODIHR in all the years of its existence has not worked out the criteria. Therefore, if there are no common criteria, there is nothing to measure with.
Neither the USA, nor France, nor Germany will tell [Russia] about the "rollbacks" from democracy standards. For example, what happens in the US after the elections of the 20th year with the supporters of the losing side? Imprisonment, dismissal from work, "shutting down" of social networks.
Example of pro-Kremlin whataboutism and disinformation to obscure a relevant debate about the conduct of elections in Russia.
OSCE ODIHR have since years well established criteria to measure the fairness of elections. ODIHR carries out election observation in OSCE participating States to assess the extent to which elections respect fundamental freedoms and are characterised by equality, universality, political pluralism, confidence, transparency and accountability. A long-term, comprehensive, consistent and systematic election observation methodology has become the bedrock of ODIHR’s credibility in this field.
The OSCE was not able to send observers for the 2021 elections to the Duma due to limitations imposed by Russian Federation authorities on the election observation. “We very much regret that our observation of the forthcoming elections in Russia will not be possible,” said ODIHR Director Matteo Mecacci. “But the ability to independently determine the number of observers necessary for us to observe effectively and credibly is essential to all international observation. The insistence of the Russian authorities on limiting the number of observers we could send without any clear pandemic-related restrictions has unfortunately made today’s step unavoidable.”
The European Union regrets that "Russia’s decision to severely restrict the size and format of an international OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission prevented its deployment". "The EU takes note of independent and reliable sources reporting serious violations. In the run-up to the elections, there was an increased crackdown on opposition politicians, civil society organisations and independent media outlets, as well as journalists. This resulted in the limitation of the choice for Russian voters and their ability to get full and accurate information about candidates".
The pro-Kremlin media report also contains disinformation about the 2020 US Presidential Election. This is “whataboutism” used to deflect attention from an unpleasant issue. The OSCE international election observation mission for the general elections in the United States in 2020 totalled 102 observers from 39 countries, made up of 50 ODIHR-deployed experts and observers, and 52 parliamentarians and staff from the OSCE PA. The OSCE observation mission concluded that the 3 November 2020 general elections "were competitive and well managed despite the many challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic".
As for the "imprisonment" of the supporters of the losing side in the US, only the storm of Capitol by armed and violent pro-Trump activists on 6 January 2021 led to convictions. It is incomparable to peaceful protesters in Russia. Many complaints by the losing side were submitted and studied by US courts.
In Russia, a candidate tried to submit a complaint about elections fraud. He was beaten by 5 men next to an administrative building, the complaint taken away from him and the access to the building blocked by unknown people. Police patrol refrained from interfering.