RUSSIA have launched a blistering verbal attack on America's democracy and electoral system after yesterday's deadly congress riots.
Several of Vladimir Putin's government officials highlighted the shocking events at the US Capitol building as evidence of America's decline.
They also claimed that the riots show the US could no longer be considered as the beacon of democracy around the globe.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, 45, said that America's out-of-date electoral system and deep divisions had left its democracy "limping on both feet."
Speaking to Russian media she said: "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.
"This is largely the reason for the split in society now observed in the United States."
Konstantin Kosachyov, 58, the chair of the Russian upper house's foreign affairs committee, echoed these claims in post on Facebook.
He wrote: "The losing side has more than enough grounds to accuse the winner of falsifications — it is clear that American democracy is limping on both feet.
"The celebration of democracy has ended. It has, unfortunately, hit rock bottom, and I say this without a hint of gloating.
"America no longer charts the course and so has lost all right to set it. And, even more so, to impose it on others."
Foreign affairs chief in the lower house, Leonid Slutsky, 53, also agreed and carried on the verbal onslaught.
He added: "The United States certainly cannot now impose electoral standards on other countries and claim to be the world's 'beacon of democracy.
"The boomerang of the colour revolutions is turning back on the United States.
"All this threatens to turn into a crisis in the American system of power."
As Russians were celebrating Orthodox Christmas, there was no response to the commotion in Washington from the Kremlin.
But pro-Kremlin lawmakers were on hand to chime in on the civil unrest.
Anton Gorelkin, a lawmaker on the lower house telecommunications committee, praised Twitter and Facebook for suspending Trump's accounts.
On his Telegram account he said: "Social networks must work under strict rules within a legal framework. Because absolute freedom of information is becoming a weapon in the hands of extremists."
Russian state television beamed images of the manic scenes under banners reading "Storm of the Capitol" and "Chaos in Washington."
Yesterday's unprecedented events came as US lawmakers met to certify the results of president-elect Joe Biden's election win over Donald Trump in November.
Hundreds of angry Trump supporters proceeded to storm the building in an attempt to disrupt the changeover in power.
At least four people died and several others were seriously injured in clashes after rioters fought cops and pushed their way inside the Capitol.
After lawmaker's were allowed back into the building, a joint session of Congress reconvened and an electoral college count of 306 for Biden and 232 for Trump was certified.
A statement was then released from the White House in which the president pledged an "orderly transition" on January 20.
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