Russia’s State Duma’s Anti-Corruption Committee has launched an investigation into the actions of SMM on Wednesday, accusing it of committing “unacceptable acts” in the course of its work, Reuters news agency reported.
The Investigative Committee said in a statement that it “strongly disapproves” the actions taken by SMM, saying that they “may constitute grave breaches of the rules of public ethics”.
The committee also said it had “detailed the facts” on the SMM investigation and “will take further action”.
A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman told reporters on Thursday that the government had “serious reservations” with the SMMP’s actions.
He said that the probe was in its “final stages”, adding that “the Investigative Committee will issue a statement later on”.
The SMM was established in July 2011.
The watchdog has been tasked with ensuring the integrity of the Russian parliamentary elections.
In September, Russia’s parliamentary watchdog, the State Dail, also launched a probe into SMM for allegedly rigging the election, after a number of observers said they had witnessed irregularities in voting and ballot counting.