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PACE to observe the presidential election in Russia

Strasbourg, 24.02.2012 – A 29-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), headed by Tiny Kox (Netherlands, UEL), will visit the Russian Federation from 1 to 5 March to observe the conduct of the presidential election, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

The delegation is due to meet the candidates in the presidential election, the Chairman of the Central Electoral Commission Vladimir Churov, NGOs and media representatives, and diplomats from some Council of Europe member states in Moscow, before observing the ballot on 4 March.

An expert from the Venice Commission – the Council of Europe's group of independent legal experts – will provide legal support during the visit.

A PACE delegation carried out a pre-electoral visit to the country on 8-11 February 2012.


A joint press conference is scheduled on Monday 5 March at 2 pm at the Hotel Marriott Grand, 26/1 Tverskaya Street, Moscow.



Vladimir Dronov, PACE Interparliamentary Co-operation and Election Observation, mobile: +33 (0)6 63 49 37 92

Nathalie Bargellini, PACE Communication Division, mobile: +33 (0)6 65 40 32 82, local mobile: +(7) 915 076 5726