Eurasian Observatory for Democracy and Elections

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Eurasian Observatory for Democracy and Elections (EODE) is a Russia-based Eurasianist non-governmental organization which on its website claims that it monitors elections. [1] [2] According to its website, it specializes in the "self-proclaimed republics" (Abkhazia, Transdnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh). [3] [1] It is led by the Belgian activist Luc Michel [4] and Jean-Pierre Vandersmissen. Both Michel and Vandermissen are followers of the Belgian Neo-Nazi politician Jean-François Thiriart. [5] [6] [7]

Oliver Bullough, writing for The New Republic , reported in 2014 that the organization stated on its website that it shared the values of "the current Russian leadership and V. V. Putin." [8] The organization states that is committed to a multi-polar world and is critical of what it sees as a unipolar world dominated in the twenty-first century by the United States and NATO. It is opposed to the imposition of western values and the identification of the western-style parliamentary system of democracy as a universal norm not open to criticism. [9]

EODE visited Crimea during the 2014 Crimean referendum and claimed that the referendum was conducted in a legitimate manner. [10] [11]

The organization has offices in Moscow, Paris, Brussels, Sochi and Chișinău. [10]

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