Opp til en tredel av stemmene for Dmitrij Medvedev i det russiske presidentvalget skyldes enten valgfusk eller bruk av administrativt press på offentlig ansatte. Det hevdet en fysiker og dataprogrammerer som har studert resultatene.

Studien ble lagt frem på en pressekonferanse på Carnegie-senteret i Moskva torsdag.

Up to a third of votes cast for Dmitri Medvedev to be Russia’s next President were likely to have been rigged, a comprehensive new study of the election results has found.

Millions of votes for the Kremlin’s favoured candidate were the product of mass fraud or the use of «administrative resources» by government officials to pressure state employees into supporting Mr Medvedev, the study states.

The results inflated Mr Medvedev’s margin of victory and the overall turnout, making it appear that he enjoyed massive popular support as Vladimir Putin’s chosen successor.

The scale of manipulation was exposed by Sergei Shpilkin, a physicist and computer programmer, who concluded that 14.8 million of the 52.5 million votes cast for Mr Medvedev could not be explained in any other way.

He also calculated that only 56 per cent of Russians had voted, instead of the 69.7 per cent officially declared by the Central Election Commission (CEC).

«It is a combination of fraud and administrative resources and it is difficult to distinguish between them,» said Mr Shpilkin. «One vote in three is not explainable and probably the administrative factor is a little more than that.

Dmitri Medvedev votes were rigged, says computer boffin