DAILY CALLER — In December 2011, Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin criticized then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for interfering in Russian elections after she demanded an investigation of whether Putin’s party had rigged the parliamentary elections, thereby denying the voices of the voters.
Clinton also argued that rigged elections prevent the people from having their voices heard.
“The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve the right to have their voices heard and their votes counted,” Clinton said while in Germany. (Independent election monitors, it’s worth noting, reported widespread ballot stuffing by pro-Putin actors.)
Putin, in turn, blamed Clinton for the subsequent protests in Russia.
“The first thing that the secretary of state did was say that they were not honest and not fair, but she had not even yet received the material from the observers,” Putin said.
As reported by the BBC, Putin claimed that Clinton “set the tone for some opposition activists,” adding that she “gave them a signal, they heard this signal and started active work.”
He went on to claim that foreign interests had attempted to sway the outcome of the election.
“It is unacceptable when foreign money is pumped into election processes,” he said.
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