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The United States will NEVER AGAIN be able to tell the world that we are the paragon of democracy

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Countries often on the receiving end of criticism by Washington for falling short of democratic ideals have used the chaos in the Capitol as an opportunity to tell the U.S. it should practice what it preaches.


After supporters of President Donald Trump broke into and ransacked the government building, scenes of the clashes, tear gas and bullets fired led officials in Russia, China and Iran to question how the U.S. could still consider itself an exporter of democracy.

Russian foreign affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova posted on her Facebook page a comment by a user that said: "The United States will never again be able to tell the world that we are the paragon of democracy."

Zakharova then started a Facebook post by saying it was no business of the Kremlin to comment on the internal affairs of the U.S.—before going on to do just that.

"We reiterate that the electoral system in the United States is archaic, it does not meet modern democratic standards," she wrote in the post, adding that such a system "creates opportunities for multiple violations, and the American media has become a tool for political struggle."

"This was largely the cause of the division of society now observed in the United States," she added.

Earlier, Russia's first deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyanskiy, described the scenes as "Maidan-style," referring to the popular uprising that ousted the Kremlin-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014 which Putin claimed was sponsored by the U.S.

"Some of my friends ask whether someone will distribute crackers to the protesters," Polyanskiy tweeted, a mocking reference to then-U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland who offered food to demonstrators in Kyiv.