- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy
Russian Central Election Comission chief Vladimir Churov — nicknamed "the Magician" does not lack for chutzpah:
"The U.S. presidential election is not direct, not universal and not equal, and it does not safeguard the secrecy of voting," Churov, who heads Russia’s Central Election Commission, wrote in the government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta’s online edition.
"The electoral system and electoral laws in the United States are far from perfect. They are contradictory, archaic and do not correspond to the democratic principles the United States has declared as the basis of its foreign and domestic politics."
Although he does likely share a distaste for OSCE observers with some American authorities.