Russian President Vladimir Putin charged one of the country’s leading think-tanks to conduct a poll in Crimea, before the Kremlin signs the contract with Ukraine on regular power supplies onto the peninsula. Russia’s Energy Minister Alexandr Novak said this December 31, TASS reported.
“The President charged to poll the population of Crimea and Sevastopol. The survey includes two questions: the first is “yes or no to the commercial contract with Ukraine on power supplies to Crimea if the document defines the peninsula as part of Ukraine?”. The second is “are you ready for temporary power shortages in the next 3-4 months?” , Novak said. He reminded that Kyiv is about to offer the formulation under which Crimea is a part of Ukraine, and Russia won’t accept that.
According to the minister, Putin believes it would be right to conduct the survey before making the ultimate decision on signing or not signing the contract.
Valeriy Fedorov, CEO of the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre said that a thousand residents of Crimea will be surveyed by telephone, and the results of the research will be published on January 1, 2016.
Previously, Lenur Islyamov, Crimean attar activist and leader of the civil blockade of Crimea, said that the protesters will demand to define the Russia-annexed peninsula as the part of Ukraine in the contract on power supplies to Crimea.