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OSCE ODIHR expresses readiness to exclude Russians from observers list

Earlier it was reported that Within a long-term mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) two Russian observers would head to Kyiv to observe the Ukrainian presidential campaign on February 11
16:03, 8 February 2019

Thomas Rymer, the Representative of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights(ODIHR)
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Two Russians will be excluded from the list of long-term observers at the elections in Ukraine if they are not accredited, as Thomas Rymer, the Representative of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights(ODIHR), said, Interfax reported.

“If these two persons are not accredited as observers, as the Ukrainian authorities stated, there will be 90 observers in the mission,” he said.

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Within a long-term mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) two Russian observers will head to Kyiv to observe the Ukrainian presidential campaign on February 11 -  Yelizaveta Borisova from the Russian Public Institute of Electoral Law and Khristina Bogdanova from the Institute of Public Electoral Diplomacy. 

The Verkhovna Rada registered the bill No.9524 which calls for ruling out the participation of the observers from the aggressor state in the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine.

Related: Verkhovna Rada bans Russian observers from participation in Ukrainian elections

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE offered to include two citizens of Russia to the list of the mission on the observation of the Ukrainian presidential elections on 31 March, 2019, despite the conditions declared by Ukraine.

The election campaign has officially started on December 31, 2018. Registration of the candidates was closed on February 4, 2019, and on February 9, the final list of presidential candidates is expected to appear. The candidates would be able to withdraw their candidacy until March 7, 2019.

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