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Medvedev's Facebook plea invites insults

Angry Russian Facebook users have poured scorn on a pledge by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to investigate reports of poll rigging, with over 10,000 people flooding his home page, some of them posting offensive comments.

world Updated: Dec 13, 2011 02:18 IST

Angry Russian Facebook users have poured scorn on a pledge by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to investigate reports of poll rigging, with over 10,000 people flooding his home page, some of them posting offensive comments.

Having already conceded that some violations of electoral law had taken place at the parliamentary elections on December 4, Medvedev went on Facebook yesterday to say he had issued instructions for all official reports on the conduct of the polls to be checked.

Medvedev also wrote that he disagreed with the slogans as well as with the speeches that were made at the rallies following the vote that was slanted to favour his and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia party.

His comments came after Saturday's massive election protests in which some 50,000 people turned out in Moscow alone, demanding re-election."I do not agree with either the slogans or statements heard at the rallies. Nevertheless, instructions have been given by me to check all information from polling stations regarding compliance with the legislation on elections," Medvedev wrote.