Contents tagged with Elections

  • Poroshenko: Russia supported creation of armed OSCE mission in the Donbas

    It was decided during the Berlin meeting of the Normandy Four, which consisted of the leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia, that the so-called armed OSCE police mission will be deployed to the Donbas. The mission will ensure that the region will be prepared for the local elections that will be held there. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said this at a press conference on the 20th of October after the meeting.

    “We also agreed that no one will interfere with the work of the OSCE. …

  • PACE has not recognized elections in Crimea, called for extension of sanctions

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has condemned Russia’s State Duma elections, which were held in the annexed Crimea on the 18th of September.

    A resolution titled ‘The political consequences of the Russian aggression in Ukraine’ was adopted on the 12th of October. It states that the act of holding these elections grossly violates international law and also calls into question the legitimacy of those elected to office.

    The resolution also includes an amendment proposed …

  • Levada Center poll finds 31% of Russians considered elections 'unfair'

    According to a survey by the Levada-Center, nearly a third (31%) of Russians believe that the State Duma elections were not fair, reported Interfax.

    Half of residents of the country (46%) are convinced that the elections were not fair. Another 22% could not answer the question.

    A fifth of the population of the Russian Federation (18%) believes that there were no violations when counting votes. A third of the respondents (30%) reported minor violations; 13% believe that violations were “quite …

  • Japan does not recognize results of Russian elections in Crimea

    Japan does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in March 2014, and, therefore, the legitimacy and results of the "elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation," which were held in the Crimea on September 18, 2016, according to a statement by the Japanese Embassy in Ukraine.

    The Embassy also stressed that Japan “supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and does not recognize the attempts to change the status quo by force.”

    On …

  • Expert: Russians in Latvia follow propaganda and vote for Putin's party

    Commenting on the results of the Russian State Duma elections, the Executive Director of the Center for East European Policy Studies, Andis Kudors, stated in an interview with Latvijas Avīze that Russians in Latvia don’t live in the real Russia; they see only a heavily colored television image and then vote mainly for the United Russia Party.

    “The voting citizens live in the information era of Russian official TV channels. That is why Russians in Latvia as well as in Russia vote for the United …

  • Member of the European Parliament: Elections in the Donbas are not possible

    A Member of the Parliamentary Association Committee between the EU and Ukraine, Rebecca Harms, said that elections within the separatist-held territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions cannot be carried out until the border is under the control of the Ukrainian authorities or an international organization such as the United Nations (UN)."Elections are very important in this region. However, having elections under conditions where the territory is controlled by the 'green men' and mercenaries …

  • Criminal proceedings have been initiated in Ukraine over Russian elections

    The Ukrainian chief prosecutor's office for the Crimea has initiated criminal proceedings against the elections to the Russian State Duma, the statement on the prosecutor’s office website reads.

    The prosecutor’s office has initiated criminal proceedings under Article 110 p.2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, regarding infringement of the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine.

    The sanction of the specified article provides punishment in the form of imprisonment from five to ten …

  • First Deputy Chairman of Verkhovna Rada accuses Members of the European Parliament of having 'double standards'

    The European Parliament has decided to limit the official MEP visit program to Kyiv, Ukraine due to the security situation in the Donbas, as was written by the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament), Iryna Herashchenko, on her Facebook page. According to her, the visits by MEPs — members of the Parliamentary Association Committee — have been scheduled since May. The MEPs themselves have expressed a desire to visit not only Kyiv but also the Donbas region.

    "The …

  • EU doesn't recognize legitimacy of Russian elections in the Crimea

    The European Union does not recognize the elections to the Russian State Duma in the annexed Crimea, as stressed in a statement issued by the representative of the European External Action Service. “The European Union doesn’t recognize the illegal annexation of the  Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and consequently doesn’t recognize the holding of elections on the Crimean peninsula,” the statement says.

    The OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission performed no activities in the …

  • Sweden does not recognize results of Russian elections in Crimea

    Sweden will not recognize the election results of the Russian State Duma, which were held in the annexed Crimea. This was posted by the Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström on Twitter.

    “We condemn Russia’s actions with regard to the elections of the State Duma in the illegally annexed Crimea. We do not recognize those who will be “elected” in the Crimea,” Wallström said.

    Newly appointed US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, said that Washington also does not recognize the …