Crimean Tatars mainly ignored voting at the Russian parliamentary elections
Today, a resolution to recognize the elections to Russia's State Duma illegitimate has been registered in the Verkhovna Rada with it being put to a vote tomorrow. It also addresses international partners with the same call. Ukrainian MPs say Russian authorities illegally held elections in the occupied peninsula.
Crimean Tatars mostly ignored the elections. In particular, at some polling stations, where tatars are 90% of the local residents, voter turnout was only 9%.
In order not to vote, Tatars organized a peaceful campaign - making meat pastries at home (similar to Cornish Pasties in Britain).
However, there were clashes near the Russian diplomatic posts in Kyiv and Odesa. Protesters were trying to prevent Russian citizens from voting. Police managed to stabilize the situation and detained 5 attackers.
This year's election turnout in Russia was less than 40%.