Interior Ministry describes regional elections as calm

Chief of the Interior Ministry public order department Lt. Gen. Yury Demidov has praised the way elections are held in Russia.

"Elections are held in a calm atmosphere. A total of 102,000 police offices are on duty throughout the country," he told journalists at the Central Elections Commission (CEC) on Sunday.

He admitted individual offenses but said that they cannot be regarded as significant.

He said that a purse with the stamp of the election commission as stolen from a polling station on the eve of the election in Bryansk region but the thief was soon identified and detained.

Demidov also said that a man offering 100 rubles to everyone who would vote for a governor candidate was detained outside of a polling station in the town of Progress in Amur region. "A fine of 2,000 rubles was imposed on him," the official said.

He said another man was detained at a polling station in Saratov region that was waiving a knife and demanding a meeting with the head of the loca division of the Federal Security Service (FSB).

Demidov said that attempts of ballot stuffing were registered in Tula region. He also named some other instances of election abuses.

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