MOSCOW, June 18 (RAPSI) — Actions aimed to discredit the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation is coordinated with direct participation of the US Department of State, according to a press release published by the working group under the Federation Council commission on monitoring attempts of external interference in elections. 

Head of the monitoring group of the Federation Council Commission on Protecting State Sovereignty and Preventing Interference in the Domestic Affairs of the Russian Federation, First Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Vladimir Dzhabarov presented an interim report on attempts to interfere in the Russian parliamentary elections from abroad.

Foreign centers, primarily American ones, and those of the EU countries, NATO and Ukraine, had began active, large-scale and systematic work to discredit the Russian parliamentary elections even before the official announcement that these elections were to be held. At the same time, apparently, the ultimate goal of this work is in the maximum degree to discredit the entire electoral system of Russia for the presidential election campaign of 2024, Dzhabarov said; at the same time he emphasized the fact that because such centers realize that it is impossible to influence the true expression of the will of Russian citizens in reality, those aim to cause distrust of the very results of the Russian elections.

According to reports, concrete destructive work with respect to the September 2021 elections was started this spring and is coordinated by the US Department of State, the senator stressed.

The work to discredit the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation is carried out on a systemic basis and is coordinated directly from Washington with the direct participation of the US State Department, the press release reads.

Within the framework of destructive actions aimed at the discrediting the elections in Russia, it is planned to actively use direct henchmen of the West and their accomplices both abroad and inside Russia. In particular, it is planned to nominate numerous candidates for State Duma deputies from among persons who obviously do not have legal grounds to be registered, or whose purpose is not to obtain candidate status, but, on the contrary, to receive a refusal in registration, the authors of the press release write. 

Thus, the main task of these persons is to create conditions for stir up scandals and create news suitable for anti-Russian propaganda. 

Moreover, utilizing modern information and computer technologies, including AI technologies, it is planned to fabricate video materials based on recordings from webcams at polling stations, the report reads. 

According to the monitoring data, today there is every reason to believe that in the near future, using Russian-speaking persons residing abroad, imitation of anti-Russian protest actions will be carried out for their subsequent use by pro-Western media, social networks and respecitve NGOs in order to discredit the electoral system of Russia. 

These and similar actions will receive coordinated assistance and support from politicians, diplomats, unscrupulous foreign observers and various experts to substantiate the previously made conclusion about the non-recognition of the results of the Russian elections to the State Duma.

The way this work is to be performed by external forces can be exemplified by recently observed developments in neighboring Belarus, the report reads.

The Commission will do its utmost to further identify and expose such illegal attempts. It is expected that the information collected by the monitoring group will be used by the Central Election Commission and the Civic Chamber of Russia, the press release emphasizes.