On September 21, 2021 Igor Borisov and Pavel Andreev, members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, attended a meeting of the Provisional Commission of the Federation Council on Protection of State Sovereignty and Prevention of Interference in the Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, chaired by Russian Senator Andrey Klimov.
The meeting was devoted to the discussion of the preliminary results of the work of the group on monitoring signs of interference in the sovereign affairs of the Russian Federation during the preparation and conduct of the elections to the State Duma of the eighth convocation.
Pavel Andreev reported at the event that voting abroad was held in 144 countries at 348 polling stations: "According to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs the number of voters was almost 200 thousand people, which is not a bad result in conditions of pandemic. Despite some objective and subjective obstacles, citizens were able to express their will. Moreover, the number of irregularities was so insignificant that it could not have affected the overall result. The elections at our foreign polling stations were held in accordance with the law. This is stated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs too. Everything went well, the results are summed up now and will be announced at the meeting of the CEC of Russia".
The member of the CEC of Russia noted that many foreign observers were sincerely impressed by the technology and openness of the Russian electoral procedures.
Igor Borisov said that despite active attempts of outside interference, the parliamentary elections in Russia were competitive, pluralistic and saw high voter turnout.
"Detractors from abroad tried to discredit the electoral process. The voting system faced unprecedented pressure from abroad. However, this tumultuous campaign actually failed right away," said Igor Borisov.