first_img Media enquiries The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) election observation mission to the Russian Presidential elections has now issued their initial report. The report makes clear that restrictions on fundamental freedoms, in particular freedom of expression and assembly, including the detention of activists, resulted in a lack of genuine competition in the election. The Russian Central Election Commission also placed restrictions on candidate registration, and President Putin benefited from dominating coverage in the state media. We continue to call on the Russian government to comply with its international commitments in the Council of Europe and OSCE to ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression. Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook An FCO spokesperson said: Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Email [email protected] Further information For journalists last_img read more