On 17 September 2019, Member of the CEC of Russia Alexander Klyukin spoke at the meeting of the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE) in Warsaw. Organized annually by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), this two-week international conference reviews the implementation of human dimension commitments.
In his report, Alexander Klyukin noted that Russia is fulfilling all its OSCE commitments, including the 1990 Copenhagen Document as it relates to holding democratic election campaigns and inviting international observers. Representatives of the Russian Federation traditionally participate in observation missions through the OSCE/ODIHR.
Alexander Klyukin criticized the non-admission of Russian citizens in the composition of the OSCE/ODIHR monitoring mission to participate in the observation of the recent elections in Ukraine, despite the fact that applications by Russian observers were approved by the Bureau. Member of the CEC of Russia drew attention to the fact that upon receiving a refusal of the CEC of Ukraine, the Bureau canceled the applications of Russian observers, thereby demonstrating its political bias, as well as its inability to maintain an objective, balanced line.
“Obviously, the OSCE/ODIHR “elective” methodology is burdened with “double standards.” And this is obvious both in the formation of monitoring missions and in the preparation of final conclusions,” said Alexander Klyukin.
Member of the CEC of Russia noted that the activities of the OSCE/ODIHR on the electoral track should be restructured in order to implement the principles of independence and impartiality.
Alexander Klyukin stated that the Bureau should have transparent rules for making decisions about fielding or not fielding observer missions, a transparent procedure for appointing their leaders and core teams, clear and uniform criteria for evaluating elections.
“It should be recalled that Russia, together with a number of other countries, in 2007 introduced the draft document “Basic Principles for Organization of Observation of National Elections through the OSCE ODIHR”. However, its discussion was blocked by a number of Western states,” said Alexander Klyukin.