Experts: Russia hides turnout data on "elections" in Crimea

Tourists from Baden-Baden were invited as observers at a polling station in the Crimea

19 September 2016 16:58

Russia promises to publish the data on the turnout in the voting polls in Crimea following the announcement of the election results, according to the expert of the Ukrainian Independent Center for Political Research Yulia Tishchenko, as cited by a QHA correspondent.

“Recent data on the 42.4% of the voters was published last night. A relatively low turnout was recorded in places of Crimean Tatars compact settlement in particular in Simferopol region,” she says.

According to experts, a total of 9% of voters was reported at one of the sites.
Tishchenko stresses that in the absence of international observers Russia can give any numbers.

The expert said that tourists from Baden-Baden were brought as observers at one polling station.

“They were brought by buses. These tourists said that such a democratic process in the elections must be quite enviable for the West,” said the expert of the Ukrainian Independent Center for Political Research Yulia Tishchenko.

She went on saying that the election results will not affect the status of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and the pressure on the Crimean Tatar population will not weaken.

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

Most countries have refused to send observers to the elections in Crimea. 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 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 parliamentary elections in Russia held in condition of international law violation puts 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 appeared on the Internet.