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Ukraine: Crimean election commission invites European inspectors to Simferopol

Ukraine, Simferopol
March 15, 2014 at 20:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukraine: Crimean election commission invites European inspectors to Simferopol

A team of international observers that were invited by the Crimean republic's election commission held a press conference in the Ukrainian town of Simferopol Saturday, ahead of Sunday's referendum on whether the peninsula will rejoin Russia.

An international monitor from Finland, Johan Backman, said the Kiev Rada-appointed government had pro-fascist elements. He criticized the USA, EU and NATO for putting pressure on the people of Crimea and also said the invited OSCE observers refused to come to Crimea, taking a biased stance against the election without first surveying the situation directly.

Backman a political author and is well known in Russia. He has previously spoken up for rights for Russian citizens in the Baltic states.

Other members of the mission are from Poland, Austria, France, Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Italy and Latvia.

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Ukraine: Crimean election commission invites European inspectors to Simferopol

A team of international observers that were invited by the Crimean republic's election commission held a press conference in the Ukrainian town of Simferopol Saturday, ahead of Sunday's referendum on whether the peninsula will rejoin Russia.

An international monitor from Finland, Johan Backman, said the Kiev Rada-appointed government had pro-fascist elements. He criticized the USA, EU and NATO for putting pressure on the people of Crimea and also said the invited OSCE observers refused to come to Crimea, taking a biased stance against the election without first surveying the situation directly.

Backman a political author and is well known in Russia. He has previously spoken up for rights for Russian citizens in the Baltic states.

Other members of the mission are from Poland, Austria, France, Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Italy and Latvia.

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