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Russia uses threats to claim legitimacy through illegal elections in occupied Crimea 3

elections-in-krimeContrary to international law and the warnings of international organizations, the Kremlin intends to hold elections to the State Duma in the territory of occupied Crimea 18.09.2016.
The Russian Federation, recognizing the legal nullity and criminal nature of its illegitimate elections in occupied Crimea, nevertheless plans to use the mere fact of these elections as a new propaganda argument allegedly confirming the results and legitimacy of the Crimean referendum it staged on March 16, 2014. Russia has long used ‘observers’ whose unqualified and normally effusive praise can be relied upon for all pseudo-referendums, etc.  Russia has for the last two and a half years pushed the narrative that Crimeans themselves decided to hold a referendum at which they decided ‘to join’ Russia.  Those in the West who repeat this line choose to ignore the heavy presence of Russian soldiers without insignia and armed and extremely aggressive paramilitaries, the lack of any real choice on the ballot paper as well as the fact that any such referendum needed to be held in accordance with Ukraine’s Constitution and was not.
In this regard and according to the U.N. General Assembly Resolution No. 68/262 on Ukraine’s territorial integrity condemned the referendum and only recognized Crimea as being within Ukrainian borders the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine requests the parliaments of foreign states, parliamentary assemblies and international organizations to abstain from the participation in observing the course of illegal Russia’s parliamentary election in Crimea and also calls not to acknowledge results of that election under any circumstances. The Rada also stresses that foreigners who are going to travel to the occupied territory to monitor the illegal elections will face criminal charges for infringement of the rules of entry into the temporarily occupied territory to harm the national interests of Ukraine. Ukrainian parliament also urges Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation not to accept deputies whose election was linked to the voting in Crimea. It is extremely important to ensure that the persons participating in the elections in Crimea would not be represented in any parliamentary assembly.
Ukraine also urged the citizens of Crimea to not take part in the elections. The head of the self-styled representative body of Crimean Tatars, Mejlis, Refat Chubarov called Crimean residents to boycott the upcoming elections. “Boycotting the Sept. 18 elections is a peaceful nonviolent form of resistance to Russian invaders, available to and worthy of each honest person. Boycotting the Sept. 18 elections is our support for political prisoners and their families. No honest man should come to a polling station on Sept. 18. Let us demonstrate the true unity of the Crimean Tatar people and all the patriots of Crimea to Russian invaders before they rush to leave our land,” Refat Chubarov remarked.
Meanwhile, human rights organizations report that Russian authorities force Crimeans to participate in the elections. Head of the Crimean Human Rights Group Olga Skrypnyk told Channel 112 on Sept. 11 that her organization received several complaints from people who were threatened to be fired from their jobs or have their wages cut if they won’t participate in the Sept. 18 elections.
The legitimacy of hole Russia’s parliamentary elections may be questioned over the non-recognition of their results in the territory of annexed Crimea by Ukraine and its international partners. It is clear that Russia is eager to create the semblance of legitimacy around elections that can have none since they are taking place in a part of Ukraine which Russia is illegally occupying.

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