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18 March 2024, 17:26

Matviyenko: Powerful outside interference fails to affect outcome of Russian election 

MINSK, 18 March (BelTA) - Powerful outside interference in Russia’s presidential election failed to affect its outcome, Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia Valentina Matviyenko told the media, TASS reports.

"As for [election] interference, it was powerful, unparalleled. It began long before the start of the election. We saw it all and we were monitoring it all. First of all, we are talking about cyberattacks: not even hundreds of thousands but millions of attacks were made on our websites and our system but they failed to achieve anything. We held out, which once again confirms the stability and stability of our state system" the speaker of the upper house told reporters.

Russia will publish the data about foreign interference in its electoral system, including by the United States. Russia will insist that such meddling be addressed by the United Nations, Valentina Matviyenko said. "We believe that information about interference in Russia’s domestic affairs, in its electoral system shouldabe made public globally, including in the United States so that the American people know where their taxpayer money goes, to sponsor the so-called promotion of democracy," she noted.

"There were individual actions by people to disrupt the expression of the will of citizens, to interfere in the electoral process, but they were insignificant and did not affect the voting in any way. Yet, they did take place," Valentina Matviyenko said. She believes that "in this part, it is necessary to strengthen the legislation in terms of increasing the responsibility of citizens for such offenses and strengthen the punishment for such acts."

The voting in the Russian president election lasted three days: 15, 16 and 17 March. Four candidates were running in the election: Leonid Slutsky, Nikolai Kharitonov, Vladislav Davankov and Vladimir Putin.
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