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The voter turnout in the illegal elections to the State Duma in the occupied Crimea and Sevastopol has appeared to be lower than in the elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in 2012, reported the Dozhd TV Channel citing CEC.

As of September 18, 6.00 Kyiv time the turnout was 42.37%, in the city of Sevastopol - 40.32%.

In turn, the final turnout in the last elections to the Verkhovna Rada was 49.45% with Crimean and Sevastopol residents also taking part in the voting.

September 18, Russian citizens voted for MPs to the State Duma. Considering Crimea the Russian territory and breaching the international law, the RF illegally opened polling stations in the occupied part of Ukraine.

Most countries have refused to send observers to the elections in Crimea. The OSCE and the Venice Commission did not monitor the results of the voting in the occupied peninsula as well. Ukraine strongly condemned the conduct of the Russian elections on its territory and called on other countries not to recognize the results, maintaining a policy of non-recognition of annexation.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that "any results of these elections are null and void", and that the Russian parliamentary elections, which breach the international law, call into question the legitimacy of the elected State Duma and is the reason to expand sanctions against Russia. A video evidence of voting falsification in Russia has already been put on the Internet.

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