Mankind's only alternative 22   SEP.   21  
Mankind's only alternative
Welcome
MAIN  RUSSIA  WAR NERD   [SIC!]  BAR-DAK  THE VAULT  ABOUT US  RSS
 
 
EXILE BLOGS

The Fall of The eXile For all those wondering what the "Save The eXile Fundrasier" banner is all about, here it is as simply as it can be phrased: The eXile is shutting down.
June 11, 2008 in eXile Blog

War Nerd: War of the Babies in Taki's Magazine The War Nerd talks about babies, the greatest weapon of the 20th century.
May 28, 2008 in eXile Blog

Kids, Meet Your President A website for Russian kids to learn all about President Medvedev's passion for school, sports and family.
May 22, 2008 in eXile Blog

Cellphone Democracy Cam If this girl was exposed to Jeffersonian democracy...
May 20, 2008 in Face Control

More Classy B&W Dyev Photos Yet another hot Russian babe imitating the Catpower look...
May 20, 2008 in Face Control

Proof That Genetic Memory Is Real! Sure, the Ottomans shut down the Istanbul Slavic slave markets centuries ago...
May 15, 2008 in Face Control

Russia's Orthodox Church Youth Outreach Program The priest is going, "Father Sansei is very impressed with grasshopper Sasha’s...
May 15, 2008 in Face Control

More Classy B&W Club Photos w/Russian Dyevs We took the Pepsi Challenge here...
May 15, 2008 in Face Control

Blogs RSS feed

Unfiled December 12, 2003
 
How do you spell Hypocrisy? O-S-C-E
By Mark Ames Browse author Email
 
Page 2 of 5
 
Indeed, not only did the OSCE essentially dismiss the cowed media's heavily biased pre-election coverage of the 2000 election and the regional authorities' abuse of "administrative resources" in their whitewash report on the campaign period, but they also overlooked -- or rather looked away from -- massive vote fraud on election day.

In September of 2000, The Moscow Times published an exhaustive and impressive investigative piece detailing exactly how and where votes were stolen, proving that that Putin only won the election in the first round thanks to massive vote fraud, including massive ballot stuffing and the creation of an extra 1.3 million voters in the space of a few months.

On the day of those elections, Yabloko and the Communists both complained of election rigging. Their cry fell on deaf ears. The day after the elections, Eduard Bruner, who headed the OSCE's observer mission in Russia, declared that the elections had been "well and correctly organized." Bjorn von der Esch, who headed the Council of Europe's observer mission, told Russian news agencies the night of the elections that they were "absolutely legitimate" and that they had been conducted according to international standards "openly and peacefully."

The OSCE's subsequent Final Report was even more effusive. "The 2000 presidential election represented a benchmark in the ongoing evolution of the Russian Federation's emergence as a representative democracy...[T]he presidential election was conducted under a constitutional and legislative framework that is consistent with internationally recognized democratic standards, including those formulated in the OSCE Copenhagen Document of 1990. [...] The Central Election Commission performed effectively as an independent and professional body that endeavored to fully implement the electoral legislation on an equal basis. The competence and expertise of election administrators to carry out well-organized and accountable elections is fully institutionalized."

As for the media bias in the campaign, the OSCE was well aware of the problem but chose not to pay attention. An EU-funded watchdog group, the European Institute for the Media, or EIM, complained just after the 2000 elections about the media bias. Its general-director at the time, Jo Groebel, told the Moscow Times, "Election media coverage seriously contradicted ethical principles, and this reversal to past practices, and some signs that Vladimir Putin's administration intends to approach media-related questions in a more assertive way, could indicate that freedom of expression and the autonomy of the media in Russia may encounter new tests."

At a press conference on the same day as Groebel's assessment, Bruner offered this softball spin: "Important segments of the media - both state-controlled and private - failed to provide objective information about the elections and the candidates." Which still wasn't as detestable as the OSCE's Final Report. While acknowledging that "print and electronic media experienced renewed pressure from State and regional authorities," in the end, the OSCE reminded us, "The advantages of incumbency are universally recognized in virtually all electoral contexts."

In 2003, the OSCE came to Russia and found religion. Its initial election report said that the advantages of incumbency, which in 2000 actually made Russia more like everyone else, had, in last Sunday's case, been "overwhelmingly distorted." Bruce George, head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, attacked the "extensive use of the state apparatus and the media... to the benefit of United Russia" which he said "created an unfair environment for the other parties and candidates.

"Our main impression of the overall electoral process was ... one of regression in the democratization of this country," he said.

The problem with this sudden change in opinion is that the supposedly "bad" 2003 elections were not significantly less democratic than the "good" 2000 presidential elections, or indeed the 1996 presidential elections, which the OSCE enthusiastically approved.


SHARE:  Del.icio.us  Digg  My Web  Facebook  Reddit
Ames
Browse author
Email Mark Ames at editor@exile.ru.
 
 
FROM THE VAULT
Putin-era condom
Reklama Review: Late-Putin Era Puritans : Where's the sex?
Celebrity Retards
Celeb-Retard Roundup! :
War Nerd
War Nerd Summer Reading Guide :

DOOM-A : How To Watch Post-Soviet Politics
 

 
 
 
LATEST ARTICLES

Save The eXile: The War Nerd Calls Mayday
Editorial
The future of The eXile is in your hands! We're holding a fundraiser to save the paper, and your soul. Tune in to Gary Brecher's urgent request for reinforcements and donate as much as you can. If you don't, we'll be overrun and wiped off the face of the earth, forever.

Scanning Moscow’s Traffic Cops
Automotive Section
We’re happy to introduce a new column in which we publish Moscow’s raw radio communications, courtesy of a Russian amateur radio enthusiast. This issue, eXile readers are given a peek into the secret conversations of Moscow’s traffic police, the notorious "GAIshniki."

Eleven Years of Threats: The eXile's Incredible Journey
Feature Story By The eXile
Good Night, and Bad Luck: In a nation terrorized by its own government, one newspaper dared to fart in its face. Get out your hankies, cuz we’re taking a look back at the impossible crises we overcame.

Your Letters
[SIC!]
Russia's freedom-loving free market martyr Mikhail Khodorkovsky answers some of this week's letters, and he's got nothing but praise for President Medvedev.

Clubbing Adventures Through Time
Club Review By Dmitriy Babooshka
eXile club reviewer Babooshka takes a trip through time with the ghost of Moscow clubbing past, present and future, and true to form, gets laid in the process.

The Fortnight Spin
Bardak Calendar By Jared Lindquist
Jared comes out with yet another roundup of upcoming bardak sessions.

Your Letters
[SIC!]
Richard Gere tackles this week's letters. Now reformed, he fights for gerbil rights all around the world.

13 Toxic Talents: Hollywood’s Worst Polluters
America By Eileen Jones
Everybody complains about celebrities, but nobody does anything about them. People, it’s time to stop fretting about whether we’re a celebrity-obsessed culture—we are, we have been, we’re going to be—and instead take practical steps to clean up the celebrity-obsessed culture we’ve got...

 
 
 

    MAIN    |    RUSSIA    |    WAR NERD     |    [SIC!]    |    BAR-DAK    |    THE VAULT    |    ABOUT US    |    RSS

© "the eXile". Tel.: +7 (495) 623-3565, fax: +7 (495) 623-5442
E-mail: office@exile.ru