At the invitation of the Government of the Russian Federation, the European Union established a mission to observe the general elections in Russia in December 1993.
The European Union observed the first free general elections in post-Soviet Russia in December 1993 in the aftermath of the 1993 Russian constitutional crisis. A violent confrontation on the streets of Moscow had resulted in the dissolution of the previous Russian Parliament by military forces.
The observers were deployed throughout the country. They met government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and the media.