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Butina advised the West to criticize their electoral system

Criticism of the Western countries needs to be addressed not to the Russian procedure of voting on amendments to the Constitution, and the electoral system, said released from us prison Russian Maria Butina, which was included in the new composition of the Public chamber.

"We hear a lot of complaints from especially the Western States, that we have elections opaque and vote wrong... the criticism that we are now perceived by the West, it is, to put it mildly, in the wrong direction. To criticize them would cost, and pay attention to the flaws of their electoral system before turning to the Russian experience, which, in my opinion, today, on democracy and transparency is superior to the American," said Butina briefing on the OP of the Russian Federation.

Butina was arrested in the US in July 2018 and convicted of "conspiracy to work for a foreign government" to 18 months in prison. At the end of October after serving his sentence, she was deported to Russia. Butina arrived in Moscow on October 26.

Voting on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation began across the country on June 25, it will last until 1 July. Online voting, which will be able to participate only residents of Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod region, was held from 25 to 30 June.