Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 61

Rejectingsuggestions that the authorities would falsify the results ofthe December 1995 Duma elections, and that independent electionmonitors were needed, Central Electoral Commission chairman toldRussian television July 26 that "not even a banana republicwould allow [such outside monitors] and Russia is not a bananarepublic." On the same program, Duma deputy Stanislav Govorukhinsaid that "we do not trust executive power" in thisarea; and a Russian specialist on elections said that the votemight be distorted by as much as 20 percent.

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