“The electoral system in the United States is archaic, it does not meet modern democratic standards, creating opportunities for numerous violations, and the American media have become an instrument of political struggle,” Zakharova told Russian news agencies.
“This is largely the reason for the split in society now observed in the United States.”
Under headlines such as “Storm of the Capitol” and “Chaos in Washington”, Russian state television showed rolling images of mobs of Trump supporters breaking down barricades and swarming the Congress building, as security forces fired tear gas and police drew guns inside.
The US Congress formally certified President-elect Joe Biden despite the riot, but many in Moscow said the stunning events had exposed the country’s democratic failings.
Russian President Vladimir Putin himself on November 22 said there were “problems in the US electoral system” following the US presidential vote, which Trump has repeatedly and baselessly alleged was rigged.