Medvedev wants alleged vote fraud investigated

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Posted: Dec 08, 2011 8:24 AM
Medvedev wants alleged vote fraud investigated

President Dmitry Medvedev says alleged vote fraud in Russian parliamentary elections that led to major protests will be investigated .

Medvedev told reporters Thursday _ after meeting Czech counterpart Vaclav Klaus _ that the law may have been violated during Sunday's vote, because "our electoral law is not ideal."

He called for Russians to remain calm during any inquiry, adding that "experts, not ordinary people" would investigate.

Medvedev said he can understand some people are disappointed with the result, but "the outcome fully corresponds with estimates from analysts and public polls."

He said people have a right to express their view and ask questions, but they have to do it in line with law.

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PRAGUE (AP) _ Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev will sign bilateral business deals with his Czech hosts, amid protests in major Russian cities against alleged vote fraud.

Medvedev will also open an exhibition of Kremlin's priceless treasures on Thursday.

Also on the agenda of the talks with President Vaclav Klaus and Prime Minister Petr Necas is the thorny issue of U.S. and NATO missile defense plans as well a Russian bid to build two more reactors at a Czech nuclear plant.

Medvedev threatened last month to deploy missiles to target U.S. missile shield sites in Europe if Russian concerns are not met.