Medvedev's failure to probe electoral fraud sparks outrage among Facebook users

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 12, 2011 06:20 hrs

Russian Facebook users have slammed President Dmitry Medvedev for failing to probe reports alleging fraud in the State Duma election.

At least 7,000 comments were posted by netizens by 20:00 (Greenwich Mean Time) on December 11 in the wake of massive anti-government protests over elections.

Medvedev had earlier admitted that some violations of electoral law had taken place at the parliamentary elections, and had vowed to probe the issue.

Medvedev's comments on December 10 protests sparked off outrage among Facebook users.

"I do not agree with either the slogans or statements heard at the rallies," Medvedev had written.

Facebook users pointed out that the official slogan of the rallies had been "For Honest Elections".

"So you're against the slogan 'For Honest Elections'?" a user wrote.

Another user described Medvedev as a "pathetic liar", the BBC reports.

About one- third of statements were hostile, and the rest divided equally into being supportive and neutral out of 100 comments.

Twitter, Facebook and social networking sites have been used by Russian activists to highlight electoral fraud and organise protests, as well as Kremlin supporters. (ANI)

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