Evidence of America’s Decline

Moscow, Jan 7 (AFP/APP): Russia on Thursday pointed to the storming of the US Capitol building as evidence of America’s decline, with officials saying its out-of-date electoral system and deep divisions had left its democracy “limping on both feet”.

Under banners reading “Storm of the Capitol” and “Chaos in Washington”, Russian state television showed rolling images of mobs of Donald Trump supporters breaking down barricades and swarming the Congress building on Wednesday, as security forces fired tear gas and police drew guns inside.

Congress formally certified Joe Biden as the next president despite the unrest, but many in Moscow said the stunning events had exposed America’s democratic failings.

“The electoral system in the United States is archaic, it does not meet modern democratic standards… and the American media have become an instrument of political struggle,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Facebook.

“This is largely the reason for the split in society now observed in the United States.” Moscow has long bristled at US criticism of the state of Russian democracy under President Vladimir Putin, accusing Washington of hypocrisy and condescension.

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