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] EODE's other leader is Jean-Pierre Vandersmissen. Both Michel and Vandermissen are followers of the Belgian Neo-Nazi politician Jean-François Thiriart.[5][6][7]

According to Oliver Bullough, on its website the organization stated that "it shares the values of "the current Russian leadership and V.V. Putin.""[8] The organization is committed to a multi-polar world and critical of the "unipolar world dominated in the twenty-first century by the superpower of the United States and its military arm of NATO". It is opposed to the imposition of Western values and the identification of "western-style parliamentary system" with "democracy" as a "universal norm" "not open to criticism". [9]

EODE visited Crimea during the 2014 Crimean referendum international observer team 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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  1. ^ a b Orenstein, Mitchell (March 2014). "Putin's Western Allies. Why Europe's Far Right Is on the Kremlin's Side". Foreign Affairs. 
  2. ^ Luc MICHEL (2013-02-10). "EODE: A non-aligned NGO!". Eurasian Observatory for Democracy & Elections. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  3. ^ Luc MICHEL (2014-03-19). "EODE Press Office / SABOTAGE AND RESTRICTIONS: THE REFERENDUM ON SELF-DETERMINATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF CRIMEA UPSETS!". Eurasian Observatory for Democracy & Elections. Archived from the original on 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  4. ^ jek, kat (2014-03-19). "Cestu Šarapatky na Krym platila organizace ultrapravicového aktivisty". Czech Television. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
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  6. ^ Snyder, Timothy (March 2014). "Far-Right Forces are Influencing Russia's Actions in Crimea". New Republic. 
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  8. ^ Bullough, Oliver (March 2014). "The Crimean Referendum to Join Russia Was an Unconstitutional Sham". New Republic. 
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  10. ^ a b Sandra Štefaniková (2014-03-19). "Politici jeli na Krym s extremisty. Bylo to narychlo, říkají". Aktuálně.cz. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  11. ^ spa (Šárka Pálková) (2014-03-20). "Berkovcova mise na Krym. Tají organizátora i financování". Retrieved 2014-03-22.