The overall voters turnout during the presidential election in Crimea actually made 42 percent - instead of 92, as Russia's Central Election Committee reported. Leader of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, Ukrainian MP Refat Chubarov said that as quoted by Ukrinform, the Ukrainian media agency.
'The so-called white protocol with the actual data about the outcome of the voting states that the turnout made 42 percent; eight percent of those bulletins were damaged or rendered invalid. So, 42 percent of voters made their choice and cast the ballots. And eight percent of those who did vote but somehow damaged the bulletins', Chubarov said.
Referring to the data released by the Russian FSB, the federal security service, Chubarov said that Serhiy Aksyonov, the self-styled 'head' of the annexed Crimea and other local officials tried to bribe Russian presidential administration so as to increase the official turnout index in Crimea.
The presidential election in Russia took place in March 2018. The incumbent president Vladimir Putin was re-elected for the fourth consecutive term since he first won the election in 2000. According to the Russian media, Putin has enjoyed the record-large support of voters in his entire political career. In the 2000 presidential race, he gained 53 percent of votes; 71.31 in 2004, and 63.6 percent in 2012.