SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

The authorities of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea will allocate up to 2 million US dollars on the March 16th referendum on whether to join Russia. This came in a statement to the ITAR-TASS correspondent by Crimea’s First Deputy Prime Minister, Rustam Temirgaliev.

“The referendum will cost between 1.5 million dollars and 2 million dollars, with the money to be used for printing ballot papers and technical support for the election”, Temirgaliev said.

The Crimea's referendum will be held on March 16. Voters will answer two questions: "Do you favor the Crimea's re-unification with Russia as Russia's constituent entity?" or "Do you favor restoration of the application of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of the Crimea and the Crimea's status as part of Ukraine?"

In fact, these two questions mean Crimea residents have two choices – join Russia immediately or declare independence (under the constitution of 1992) and then join Russia.

So the choices are “yes, now” or “yes, later.”

QHA