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Crimeans partaking in “commissions” of Russian elections to be prosecuted

Directory and members of “election committees” who will participate in upcoming Russian presidential elections will bear criminal responsibility; Prosecutor’s Office advise Crimea residents not to take part in Russian elections
19:04, 12 February 2018

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Not only the directory but also members of the “election commissions” of Russian presidential elections in Crimea, as well as foreign observers, who will come to the peninsula to monitor the elections, will bear criminal responsibility. Tetiana Tykhonchuk, a press secretary of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (which is now located in Kyiv) said in her commentary for 112.ua.

“Anyway, this fact won’t be ignored and will be considered under criminal proceeding concerning the illegal holding of the so-called “referendum” and State Duma elections. Besides, not only the so-called "election commissions" chairmen and members” will bear responsibility, but also foreign observers. The responsibility of each individual will depend on the classification of the committed crime,” the administration speaker said.

The Crimean Prosecutor’s Office advises Crimeans not to participate in the organization of election on March 18.

Tetiana Tykhonchuk added that they did not receive the appeal of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine concerning criminal prosecution of the Russian presidential election organizers in the annexed Crimea.

Related: Organizers of Russia's presidential election in Crimea should be brought to responsibility

According to the Committee of Voters of Ukraine, 27 “territorial electoral commissions” and 1164 “precinct electoral commissions” were illegally formed in the temporary annexed Crimea as of now. Moreover, 4 “territorial” and 181 “precinct electoral commissions” were created in Sevastopol.

As we informed earlier, Russian presidential election will take place on March 18, 2018. Crimea was annexed on this day four years ago.

The Central Election Commission of Russia registered eight candidates, including Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Zhyrinovskyi, Ksenia Sobchak and Grigory Yavlinsky.

As it was reported earlier Crimean Tatars who work in the government sector in Crimea are lobbied to work in the “election commissions” in the upcoming elections of Russian President on March 18, as Crimean Tatar activist Zedzhvet Kurtumetov said.

Related: English journalist who covered cases of human rights violation was fined and expelled from Crimea

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