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International observers in Crimea are threatened with violence

International observers in Crimea are threatened with violence

A few hours left before the historical referendum on self-determination of the Crimea. The Central Election Commission of the Republic declared full readiness for voting, and international observers have already begun work. March 15 is a day of silence. According to observers, he went really quietly - no violations during the day were recorded. The authorities promise to announce the preliminary results of the referendum on March 17 in the morning.

People again came to the square of the Crimean cities with flags of the Republic of Crimea and Russia. Rallies are held here all the time, but March 15 is a special day, the last one before the referendum on the status of the peninsula. As early as March 16, polling stations will open in 8 in the morning, voting will begin, which many are very much waiting for. The fate of two and a half million inhabitants of the Crimea for the first time is in their own hands.

"The mood is good. Let's go to a referendum. We are returning home," say the locals.

"The Crimean Tatars received very serious guarantees from the referendum," said Tatyana Zhdanok, an observer, MEP from Latvia.

At the polling stations - they are all ready - foreign observers arrived. Over the course of the voting will be monitored including members of the European Parliament.

“The fact that Ukrainian legislation did not clearly define the borders of the referendum does not mean that people do not have the right to it,” said Mateusz Piskorski, observer and director of the European Center for Geopolitical Analysis.

In Crimea, experts from twenty-two countries: Germany, Poland, Israel, Italy and other countries. They can assess how the preparations for the referendum are proceeding. According to Nanad Popovic, an observer, deputy chairman of the National Assembly of Serbia, "there is no pressure, the situation is free."

International observers tried to prevent, but not the Crimean authorities, but those who are against the free expression of will in the Crimea. Politicians who participated in missions, even in hot spots, first encountered direct threats right now when they decided to go to the Crimea.
“I received a letter threatening to kill me because I became an observer at this referendum,” said Johan Beckman, a member of the International World Without Nazism movement.

Harsh statements from Kiev to the Crimeans do not apply. Today, when the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine illegally announced the dissolution of the Crimean parliament, there was not even outrage on the peninsula - not before that. In the Crimea - the wedding boom. Marry much more than last spring. Here they think about the future, not paying attention to political hysteria in the Ukrainian capital.

According to opinion polls, almost all residents of the region want to participate in the referendum. Many are already leaving home today from those cities where they are currently working or studying, because you can only vote at the place of registration. From Simferopol to Alushta and Yalta go by trolley buses. This, by the way, is the world's longest trolleybus route - almost 100 kilometers. Many of these machines are still 70-s release. Infrastructure financing here was tight. Now the region is counting on Russian investments.

Ballot papers were delivered to polling stations in all 14 districts of the republic. Mounted voting booths. Prepared lists. Security enhanced. Militiamen and self-defense fighters will work in shifts to also be able to vote.

In Crimea, about one and a half million voters. The referendum will be declared valid if the turnout is 50% plus one vote. But it will obviously be much higher. The fateful vote will begin very soon.
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  1. sergey32
    sergey32 16 March 2014 06: 10
    Good way home, Crimea!
    1. Duke
      Duke 16 March 2014 08: 07
      In Crimea - a wedding boom. Marry much more than last spring. Here they think about the future, not paying attention to political tantrums in the Ukrainian capital.

      This is great, in a new way with new happiness.
    2. AVV
      AVV 16 March 2014 11: 45
      Quote: sergey32
      Good way home, Crimea!

      Russia will meet as it should with bread and salt !!!
  2. Name
    Name 16 March 2014 06: 15
    Kiev, read 3,14 ... dossam is not able to stop the expression of the will of the PEOPLE OF CRIMEA, neither by threats, nor provocations, nor "chants" from:
    1. PSih2097
      PSih2097 16 March 2014 10: 35
      the cross is not correct in the picture, it must be turned over, then it will be in the subject.
  3. YRAL59
    YRAL59 16 March 2014 07: 01
    We are waiting for YOU CRIMEA NATIVE!
  4. Coffee_time
    Coffee_time 16 March 2014 07: 11
    Well, finally getting lost home is coming, now, on the horizon is already visible.
  5. dobrik10
    dobrik10 16 March 2014 07: 33
    It was pleasantly surprised that observers from Europe are present, which means that not everyone was constrained by insanity, there are still adequate people.
    1. askort154
      askort154 16 March 2014 08: 49
      dobrik10 ...... I was pleasantly surprised that there are observers from Europe, so not all were insane, there are still adequate people

      Something I do not believe in Western observers. From them, rather, we must wait for "exposure of massive violations" in order to once again declare the illegality of the referendum.
      they disobey their master Obamkou, who has already stated this.
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  6. shelva
    shelva 16 March 2014 07: 45
    The triumph of historical justice. We hope for you Crimeans.
  7. mamont5
    mamont5 16 March 2014 08: 03
    We wait! How can we help?
  8. Native grandfather
    Native grandfather 16 March 2014 08: 22
    Crimeans, we miss you! Ayda to the hut darling! )))
  9. Zomanus
    Zomanus 16 March 2014 09: 48
    Yeah. I envy Crimeans. Indeed, they give everyone the opportunity to be involved in such a great event. Yes, then there will probably be problems and discontent. But now the most important thing will happen.
  10. BARR-D
    BARR-D 16 March 2014 09: 55
    God forbid that everything went quietly!
  11. pensioner
    pensioner 16 March 2014 09: 57
    Well, that's what happened, which was predicted here on the site by many forum users. And it happened on the initiative "from below". I remember how furiously the forum visitors from Ukraine argued the impossibility of such a development of events. Where are you, ay! Prophets are bad.
  12. stork
    stork 16 March 2014 10: 47
    Well, why are you happy? They gave Crimea, they gave a piece of the sea, maybe they will give Kharkov
    or Donetsk, which is unlikely. But in the end: the country was torn apart, NATA will move even closer
    to our borders, we will get a frankly anti-Russian state at the very border
    (these will be even worse than nshekov) The USA became richer in "Scythian gold" ...
  13. kelevra
    kelevra 16 March 2014 11: 29
    Good luck to the Crimeans!
  14. builder
    builder 16 March 2014 11: 58
    Quote: sergey32
    Good way home, Crimea!
  15. Yuri11076
    Yuri11076 16 March 2014 14: 11
    Good luck to Crimeans !!! Welcome home to Russia !!!
  16. razved
    razved 16 March 2014 15: 20
    It seems that the Crimeans will justify the forecast of their prime minister. And I’ll say this to Comrade Stork, THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING of the collection of lands of the RUSSIANS.
  17. Kolyan 2
    Kolyan 2 16 March 2014 15: 53
    The shkolot stork, writes such nonsense that I am silent, thinks naive that if the Crimeans had not started this, then at the border we would have quiet and grace. Cossack mishandled or I.D.O.T. or written at the beginning. fool
  18. stork
    stork 16 March 2014 18: 04
    Ooh, the great-wise and quick-fingered Kolyan 2nd. Let me touch yours
    to the greatest mind and ask: what is my unworthy comment deigned to insult
    your clear eyes
  19. Bosk
    Bosk 16 March 2014 19: 45
    Why reprisal ... just lovingly dump in olive oil and then in swan fluff ... and let them later say that this is not a EURO-standard!