Tatars ignored voting in Crimea: A resolution not to recognize elections in Russia registered in Ukraine's parliament
Politics18:15 Sep. 19, 2016

A resolution not to recognize elections in Russia registered in Ukraine's parliament

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.

Read also: Russian ruling party wins parliamentary elections with over 54% of votes

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).

Read also: Ukraine's MFA: Russian parliamentary elections undermine legitimacy of the State Duma

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%.

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