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International observers react to Donbass referendums

RT Published September 30, 2022

International observers overseeing the independence referendums in Donbass and the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions have been sharing their experiences with RT. The observers, who included academics, journalists, and political scientists from over 50 countries across Europe, Africa, and Asia, commented on what they saw as a fair election that had been a long time coming, and the enthusiasm with which people participated. ‘We find it was very fair,’ Purnima Anand, the president of the BRICS International Forum, said. ‘People were coming, enjoying this voting like a festival.’


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  1. We’d like a bit more detail, preferably reports from the 100 ‘independent observers’ who were supposedly inspecting the elections. Eg, can we have some figures of what proportion of the electorate voted?
    The western media have been utterly sceptical, eg:26 Sept The Telegraph “Russians have only been able to coerce one in five voters of occupied Melitopol to vote in a sham annexation referendum, despite the threat of violence… Officials have been going door-to-door in occupied regions flanked by gunmen to give out ballot papers and identify voters.”
    The Guardian Sept 24 “I don’t know anyone who is planning to go this weekend and vote. I am against annexation. But why even bother voting? …they will count the votes the way it pleases them.”
    For this reason some account in writing of what the observers observed would be valuable.

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