Voter turnout in the Russian presidential election in the Crimea on March 18, 2018 was 42% of voters and 8% of them spoiled ballot papers during voting, as stated by Member of Parliament and Leader of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Refat Chubarov on his Facebook page, citing the data of the Russian Federal Security Service.
“There were representatives of the Office of the Russian President Vladimir Putin in the elections in the Crimea who monitored the elections. The so-called white protocol with real data on the results of the election showed a turnout of 42%, of which 8% are null and void or spoiled ballots. That is, 8% of the people who were afraid not to go to the elections ended up spoiling the ballots. Thus, it turns out that only 34% are those people who were ideologically focused on the elections,” Chubarov noted.
On March 19, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said the results of the vote conducted in the Crimea annexed by Russia were null and void and without legal consequences.
On March 22, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted for the resolution on non-recognition of legitimacy of Russian presidential elections in the territory of the annexed Crimea.