Chubarov: Elections in Crimea make State Duma illegal

Russia’s elections in the occupied territory foster lawlessness.

8 September 2016 16:08

Conducting illegal elections to the Russian parliament in the temporarily occupied Crimea does not only make the so-called "Crimean MPs" illegitimate, but also casts doubt on the legitimacy of the whole Russian State Duma, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Refat Chubarov told a QHA correspondent.

- The international community is facing an interesting moral choice: either to deal with the parliament of the state, which was formed as a result of illegal actions contradicting the international humanitarian law, or turn a blind eye. Leading international organizations won’t doubt the legitimacy of the actual elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation, but part of the national delegations of various countries will pay attention, that’s for sure, said Chubarov.

Chubarov believes that Ukrainian politicians should talk about the illegitimacy of the whole Russian State Duma since the illegal elections in the Crimea carry lawlessness to the whole world.

The election to the State Duma is scheduled for September 18 on a mixed system: 225 MPs are to be elected on party lists, 225 - in single-member constituencies. It is the first time voting will be held in the annexed Crimea.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Ukraine said the elections in the annexed Crimea are illegal.

The Crimean Prosecutor's Office in Kiev threatened to launch criminal proceedings against those involved in the organization of elections in Crimea.