The European observers, who were watching the elections in Ukraine…

Summary

The European observers, who were watching the elections in Ukraine held after the escape of Victor Yanukovich to Russia, took bribes for ‘recognizing’ the results of this voting // Each bribe was US $ 50,000.

Disproof

No evidence given. The OSCE characterised the elections as showing the "clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms." According to the OSCE, the only areas where serious restrictions were reported were those controlled by separatists, who undertook "increasing attempts to derail the process." This fact was reconfirmed by the parliamentary elections of 26 October 2014, where parties devoted to democratic values received the strong majority of votes. The OSCE characterised the vote as "an amply contested election that offered voters real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms". It pointed out that "Electoral authorities made resolute efforts to organize elections throughout the country, but they could not be held in parts of the regions (oblasts) of Donetsk and Luhansk or on the Crimean peninsula". bit.ly/2g9K0Mp, , bit.ly/2eWWBAV,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 60
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/02/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Europe, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Corruption, Elections, Viktor Yanukovych
  • Outlet: ‘Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym’ (28:13)
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Disproof

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Disproof

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