Crimea “Referendum” Contains NO Option To Remain Part Of Ukraine…Update: Vote To Be “Subjects” Of Russia?
It’s either “independence”(and join Russia) or outright join Russia.
— East of Brussels (@EastOfBrussels) March 8, 2014
Fake democracy, it’s a wonderful thing.
Love that if you vote for Russia, your voting to become “subjects” of Russia. The second question seems deliberately deceptive, almost like a Democratic bill.
Via Kyiv Post:
Voters in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea who vote in the March 16 referendum have two choices – join Russia immediately or declare independence and then join Russia.
So the choices are “yes, now” or “yes, later.”
Voting “no” is not an option.
The lack of choice wouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with how Soviet or Russian elections are run.
The Crimean parliament released the design of the ballot that will be used for the referendum, which will be taking place as thousands of Russian soldiers are in control and – it appears – Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling the shots..
Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has annulled the referendum as illegal and unconstitutional, but the pro-Kremlin Crimean authorities who took power on Feb. 27 do not recognize the legitimacy of central government and have said they will proceed with the vote.
The ballot asks two questions and leaves no option for a “no” vote. Voters are simply asked to check one of two boxes:
Do you support joining Crimea with the Russian Federation as a subject of Russian Federation?
Do you support restoration of 1992 Crimean Constitution and Crimea’s status as a part of Ukraine?
That Constitution declares that Crimea is an independent state.
HT: East of Brussels