The proceeding was opened due to the non-allowance for the Russians to visit the polling stations at the diplomatic offices on Russia’s presidential election on March 18.
‘It is ordered to open the criminal proceeding against Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov due to the impeding of the citizens of Russia of the free exercise of their enfranchisement at the election of the president of Russia’, the message said.
According to the Investigative Committee, ‘Avakov, acting in collusion with a group of people’ ordered the workers of the Interior Ministry who provided the defense and security of the Russian diplomatic offices in Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa and Kharkiv.
The election of the president of Russia took place on March 18, 2018, on the fourth anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea. Eight candidates, including the current president, took place in it. Russia also held the election at the peninsula.
The current President Putin beat a record of the support, receiving 56.2 million of votes or 76.65 percent of votes, with 99% ballots processed.
Earlier, Ukrainian nationalists promise to block Russian presidential elections in Ukraine on March 18, 2018. This is said in the joint statement of Ukrainian political parties Svoboda, Right Sector, and National Corps. Political parties intend to block polling stations and form “corridor of shame” for voters – Russian citizens.
Arsen Avakov, the Interior Minister of Ukraine ordered to not let the citizens of Russia who live in Ukraine, besides the diplomats to vote in the protest of the illegal election in annexed Crimea. The Interior Ministry made a decision on the impossibility of the holding of the election at the territory of the diplomatic missions that violate the laws of Ukraine at the territory of Ukraine.