Russia Duma Elections: No easy task for Russian citizens to cast ballot in Ukraine

10:11 Aug. 30, 2016

No easy task for Russian citizens to cast ballot in Ukraine

An election official decorates a polling station with a Russian flag for the Dec. 7 parliamentary elections in Moscow, Dec. 6, 2003 (AP photo)

Russia will hold elections to the State Duma, the lower house of the parliament, on Sept.18

For Russian citizens living in Ukraine, participating in next month's parliamentary elections won't be as easy as it was five year ago, when there were 17 voting stations scattered across the country, Meduza reports.

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This year, citing concerns about safety, Russia is only making four voting stations available to citizens. In 2011, roughly 23,000 Russians voted in Ukraine.

According to Russia's Central Elections Commission, officials have received information that right-wing Ukrainian activists are planning various "provocations" against Russian voting stations. As a result of the security threat, the only voting stations in Ukraine will be in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, and Lviv.

Ukrainian officials have promised to guarantee Russian voters' safety, but Kyiv has refused to take any additional security measures.

Russia will not operate any voting stations in the militant-controlled Donbas.

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