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Russia's elections in Crimea questions its legitimacy
19:00, 21 March 2018

Russia's elections in Crimea questions its legitimacy

The group of people’s deputies, led by Iryna Lutsenko, presented the bill

19:00, 21 March 2018

Reuters

Verkhovna Rada received a proposal to acknowledge Russian presidential elections in annexed Crimea illegal and note that the voting questions the legitimacy of election’s results. The group of people’s deputies, led by Iryna Lutsenko, presented the bill.

The decree provides for the confirmation of Ukraine’s Parliament decision.

The announcement says that the attempt to organize Russia presidential elections in annexed Crimea was illegal. The results of this illegal voting were insignificant and do not have any legal consequences, and do not attest to any status of Crimea or Sevastopol, but that one set in the Constitution of Ukraine.

Besides, the list of more than 1 million votes of residents of temporarily annexed Crimea “significantly skews the results of Russian presidential elections in general, questioning its legitimacy”.

The claim stipulates that Verkhovna Rada will call the international community for imposing all possible sanctions on elections’ organizers in annexed Crimea and on violators of human rights and freedoms.

Earlier, Maksym Burbak, the leader of the People’s Front parliamentary faction, and Georgii Logvynskyi, the representative of this faction, documented the draft regulation, which suggests considering Russian elections results illegal and insignificant due to the voting in annexed Crimea.

Russian presidential elections were held on March 18 – the fourth anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Vladimir Putin won with 56,2 million of votes or 76,66% after processing of 99% of protocols.

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