Results of elections to the State Duma of Russia are known in advance and agreed upon. They should be seen as a farce, according to Mark Feigin, the lawyer of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov.
“It is sad to watch people who see elections as arithmetic: “We will come and vote to bring the opposition parties to the Duma.” It's funny,” Feigin said.
Turnout of the illegal elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation in the occupied Crimea and Sevastopol was lower than in the elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in 2012.
Russia promises to publish the data on the turnout in the voting polls in Crimea following the announcement of the election results
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.