The U.S. Secretary of State launched the attack following reports the poll was marked 'by the convergence of the state and Putin's United Russia party' - and amid allegations of ballot box stuffing.
She said, during an Afghanistan summit in Bonn, Germany, that her opinion mattered less than that of Russian voters, whom she said deserved the right to know their votes were fairly cast and counted.
But she added: 'Russian voters deserve a full investigation of all credible reports of electoral fraud and manipulation and we hope in particular that then Russian authorities will take action on reports that come forward.'The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve the right to have their voices heard and their votes counted. That means they deserve free, fair, transparent elections and leaders who are accountable to them.' Read More