The Russian State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov compared U.S. senator John McCain to the March Hare from "Alice in Wonderland" on Tuesday, after McCaine predicted an "Arab Spring" for Russia.
"McCain more and more reminds me of the cowardly March Hare. It's December already and he is still thinking of spring," Gryzlov, one of the leaders of Russia's ruling United Russia party, said in his Twitter micro blog.
Earlier, McCain, known for his staunch criticism of Russia, tweeted a message saying, "Dear Vlad (Vladimir Putin), The Arab Spring is coming to a neighborhood near you."
The senator added a link from his Twitter comment to a Wall Street Journal article which states that "widespread evidence of voter fraud" will sour Russia's relations with Western capitals "in the coming days."
Sunday's parliamentary elections were marred by widespread allegations of poll procedure being manipulated in favor of the ruling United Russia party, with dozens of amateur internet video clips appearing to show election fraud uploaded and thousands of people protesting against unfair polls.