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Agitators try to show Crimeans' tolerant attitude towards Russia, - Chubarov

The society is put under pressure by prominent people to reach this goal
13:32, 11 March 2018

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Agitators are trying to provide higher presidential turnout in Crimea, than it would be in Russia. Refat Chubarov, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, said it on air of 112 Ukraine.

He said, that if the local authorities in Russia press for 70-percent turnout with 70 percent of votes for the incumbent president, the self-styled authorities in Crimea could be planning to repeat the results of the so-called 'referendum' held in the occupied peninsula in March 2014.

According to Chubarov, the society is put under pressure by prominent people to reach this goal.

Muslim confessors are called for “talks”, where they are threatened – if their congregations do not vote, they will get demoted.

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“Several imams (an Islamic leadership position,-ed.) called me and told me about this in details,” Chubarov stressed.

Besides, teachers, students and pupils are involved – they are demanded to provide student’s and parents’ election turnout.

“Entrepreneurs is a very vulnerable category of people, they are threatened to destroy business, if they and their employees do not come to elections,” Chubarov said.

Agitators pay special attention to Crimean Tatars, who neglected “referendum” of 2014. Agitators want to “prove the world” that Crimeans support Russia - they have changed attitude towards Russian authorities and became more tolerant within four years of occupation.

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