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More than 95% Crimeans voted for reunification with Russia, says official (UPDATE)
Itar-Tass ^ | 03/17/2014 | Itar-Tass

Posted on 03/16/2014 2:32:09 PM PDT by goldstategop

SIMFEROPOL, March 17, 0:52 /ITAR-TASS/. Upon the processing of 50% ballots cast Sunday in a referendum on Crimea’s future, a total of 95.5% voters who had come to the polling stations said ‘yes’ to the reunification of their region with Russia, Mikhail Malyshev, a person in charge of the referendum commission at the Crimean legislature said.

Another 3.5% voters said ‘yes’ to Crimea’s continued stay within Ukraine. Invalidated ballots made up 1% of the total. Malyshev said that the data did not feature the results of voting in Sevastopol.

The ballots in Sunday’s referendum contained two questions: 1) Are you in favor of Crimea's reunification with Russia in the status of a constituent territory of the Russian Federation and 2) Are you in favor of restoring the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Crimea and its status of an integral part of Ukraine.

As many as 1,534,815 people of Crimea and 309,774 people in the city of Sevastopol had the right to vote in the referendum.

As many as 27 territorial election committees and 1,239 polling stations, including 192 polling stations in the city of Sevastopol were set up for the event.

The expenditures for the referendum were covered from the autonomy’s budget. Referendum’s organizational costs stood at 1.7 million U.S. dollars.

(Excerpt) Read more at en.itar-tass.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; Russia
KEYWORDS: crimea; crimeanreferendum; itartass; russia; sevastopol; ukraine; update
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Sevastopol is still out - 95% approval with 50% of the vote in.

And heavily pro-Russia Sevastopol is yet to report in its votes.

1 posted on 03/16/2014 2:32:09 PM PDT by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop
According to the 2001 Ukrainian population census, 58% of the population of Crimea are ethnic Russians and 24% are ethnic Ukrainians.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimea

2 posted on 03/16/2014 2:36:30 PM PDT by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: goldstategop

“Leave it till tomorrow to unpack my case. Honey, disconnect the phone . . .”


3 posted on 03/16/2014 2:36:32 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: goldstategop

As I stated from the start of all this. The terrorists that overthrew the Democratically elected government in Kiev did not have the support of the people.

The people of Crimea want nothing to do with the thugs who have taken control of Kiev.


4 posted on 03/16/2014 2:41:26 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: goldstategop

Putin has taken strong Anti Gay and that is respected by the 95% of the population that is not gay or their collaborators.


5 posted on 03/16/2014 2:46:01 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: goldstategop

And of course no voter fraud. Nope. None. Right?


6 posted on 03/16/2014 2:49:23 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice.)
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To: goldstategop

It’s like Harlem voting for Obama.


7 posted on 03/16/2014 2:53:44 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: SkyDancer

According to international observers was in line with international norms.

24% of Tatars turned out and a majority of them apparently voted for union with Russia.

If this is also confirmed for Ukrainians, that pretty much upends Western assumptions about this being an only ethnic Russian vote.

Rather, its becoming clear a broad-cross section of Crimean society favors reunification with Russia. And the West and the rulers in Kiev whom no one by the way elected - are reduced to talking about a sham and illegality.

They should hear themselves. Their anti-Russia animus borders on the absurd.


8 posted on 03/16/2014 2:55:42 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Don’t know anything about this but a guess is that alone without the money of the big power they were floundering?


9 posted on 03/16/2014 2:56:18 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: goldstategop

Wonder what took them so long. How long have they been separated from Russia?


10 posted on 03/16/2014 2:57:07 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice.)
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To: SkyDancer

“And of course no voter fraud.”

Probably less than the average Chicago election. Seriously, with no sarc.

Someone explain how this is a threat to the US. Someone explain how this is less legal or justified than Hawaii or Alaska statehood, or the votes Puerto Rico has had, or the entire Manifest Destiny for that matter. Someone explain Obama’s moral authority to not recognize this region’s act of self-determination.


11 posted on 03/16/2014 2:57:53 PM PDT by ReaganGeneration2
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To: goldstategop

If it had been 96%, I might have suspected some fraud. OTOH, 95.5% sounds about right.


12 posted on 03/16/2014 3:03:39 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Right, why should they want to be part of Ukraine anymore? They elect a President (Yanukovych) they like fair-and-square, only to have the western half of the country riot and essentially veto their vote.


13 posted on 03/16/2014 3:06:12 PM PDT by PaulCruz2016
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To: goldstategop

I stand with Russia and Crimea and Putin. I stand against the EU, Kerry, and Ted Cruz. I stand against the EU’s environazi war on progress. I stand with those who oppose homosexual deviancy.

Who do you choose? Freepers are divided but I am not.


14 posted on 03/16/2014 3:08:40 PM PDT by impimp
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To: goldstategop

Tough problem for leftists The commie Putin has made the commie Obama look foolish. Now the left will hate Russia with a passion. The world is a strange place these days.


15 posted on 03/16/2014 3:10:59 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: TexasFreeper2009

The attempted overthrowers remind me of the occuparasite types. Leftist and immoral, wanting to align with the now morally corrupt west. Tyranny of the minority.


16 posted on 03/16/2014 3:13:22 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: goldstategop
What observers? These observers? Or the observers hand-picked by Russia?

FLASHBACK: Analysis: Chechnya: How did Putin's party win 99 percent?

17 posted on 03/16/2014 3:14:38 PM PDT by Corporate Democrat
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To: impimp

Thank you for being so refreshingly honest about being uninformed and confused.


18 posted on 03/16/2014 3:14:54 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: goldstategop

Putin’s democracy-at-the-point-of-a-gun coming to the rest of Ukraine soon.


19 posted on 03/16/2014 3:16:31 PM PDT by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Love it or Leave it. Better dead than Red. Putin = Hitler 2014)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
The people of Crimea want nothing to do with the thugs who have taken control of Kiev.

That's what it reads like to me. Soros nad Obunga have to be viewing this one almost like one of those elections in Wizard of Id where Rodney tells King Id he's at 95% and the king walks off thinking "Now all I gotta do is win over that 95%...

Also living in Texas these days...

20 posted on 03/16/2014 3:19:25 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: impimp

A lot of freepers haven’t figured this one out...


21 posted on 03/16/2014 3:20:31 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: varmintman

Well it’s hard not to trust Putin, who was so beloved in Chechnya that he got a resounding 99.8% of the vote only two years ago.


22 posted on 03/16/2014 3:25:20 PM PDT by Corporate Democrat
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I just can’t understand how our politicians, from both sides, say the vote in Crimea is invalid while at the same time saying a group of protestors changing the government in the Ukraine is valid without a vote.


23 posted on 03/16/2014 3:27:17 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: fwdude

Get your backside out of the free world and over to Putin’s Gulag if you don’t like it here. Your bare-chested Pootie will protect you from the gays who you are so afraid of.


24 posted on 03/16/2014 3:28:11 PM PDT by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Love it or Leave it. Better dead than Red. Putin = Hitler 2014)
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To: goldstategop

Now let’s have the vote without Russian troops in the country.

I don’t understand why some FReepers think this is legitimate. It’s like selling your house to a “buyer” who breaks in with armed thugs. “You want to sign, yes?”


25 posted on 03/16/2014 3:29:06 PM PDT by Irish Rose (Will work for chocolate.)
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To: impimp

I stand AGAINST Obama and McCain. I can’t remember when I last agreed with them on anything.


26 posted on 03/16/2014 3:29:13 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: goldstategop

This is just from Itar-Tass... can’t believe it until Jimmah certifies the results.


27 posted on 03/16/2014 3:34:34 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: goldstategop

I was expecting 105% voter approval. 95% is for newbies


28 posted on 03/16/2014 3:35:14 PM PDT by Ivan Mazepa
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To: goldstategop
Sevastopol is still out - 95% approval with 50% of the vote in.

This vote is redundant. Crimea has already been annexed by the New Russian Empire. Tsar Vladimir's vote is the only one that matters.

29 posted on 03/16/2014 3:35:14 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: Revolting cat!

The political stances of Russia and the EU are NOT the reason I am pro-Russia on this one. My decision is based on what is right and just - the political stances are a mere side benefit.


30 posted on 03/16/2014 3:37:21 PM PDT by impimp
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To: PaulCruz2016

The presidency of Yanukovych was a sham. The Ukrainian freedom fighters were removing a corrupt leader and his toadies. Good for them.


31 posted on 03/16/2014 3:38:06 PM PDT by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Love it or Leave it. Better dead than Red. Putin = Hitler 2014)
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“95% approval”

LOL ! Now watch Gazprom taking over their gas deposits and Russian oligarchs pushing locals off their land to build hotels there.

32 posted on 03/16/2014 3:38:44 PM PDT by Grzegorz 246
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According to international observers was in line with international norms.

LOL what international observers? 99% of the planet denounced this "referendum" as illigitimate.

Change the Russia Today channel for God's sake

33 posted on 03/16/2014 3:39:38 PM PDT by Ivan Mazepa
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To: goldstategop

Believe it or not my mom just explained this to me. Seems the Russians have flooded the area with Russians and the original people are outnumbered and afraid to vote.

Gee, where have I seen that before?


34 posted on 03/16/2014 3:39:39 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: impimp
what is right and just

What is right and just always depends on who's talking.

35 posted on 03/16/2014 3:40:20 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: VerySadAmerican
I stand AGAINST Obama and McCain.

How about against Obunga, Soros, John Iscariot McCain, Hillary KKKlintler, Victoria Nuland, Weasily Clark and the whole fricking lot of them. The choice here is fairly simple, believe that all of those idiots are good people or believe that Putin is right. Putin is the main actor responsible for stopping the global warming scam in 04, and appears to be on the right side of most things.

36 posted on 03/16/2014 3:41:47 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: Oliviaforever

Seriously ? Fascinating.


37 posted on 03/16/2014 3:42:04 PM PDT by Grzegorz 246
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To: ReaganGeneration2; kabar; Kartographer; Travis McGee
Someone explain Obama’s moral authority to not recognize this region’s act of self-determination.

Perhaps you forgot the /sarc tag? This has absolutely nothing to do with Russia, Ukraine and Crimea with respect to political allegiances or the "will of the people" TM.

What it's really about is to further mask & distort the cause of US/NATO encroachment around Russia. And that, my FRiend, is in order to eventually obtain Russian resources.

Now, whether that objective is achieved via sanctions, with the hope of economic collapse, or via increased military engagements - initially on the periphery - is probably of no regard to the Neos driving US policy.

The greatest outlier is to get close enough so that a 1st strike could be rendered in 30-60 seconds. Then, our defensive ABM shield could handle any stragglers that managed to be launched.

The way to prove the above thesis is true is to observe that "we" aren't going to leave this issue alone. Just wait - it will now be constantly in the news over the coming years as Iraq/Afg drop out of the picture. An incursion here, a build up there - we're not giving up.

And why not? Because the tight gas/oil plays in N America are a bust. The only way to access conventional fossil fuels is to get Russia's. We really have no choice if we want to see the US dollar remain as the reserve currency.

It might seem odd, but the US is now in a similar situation as Japan in 1940. We need to go after new sources if we are to survive. And just like Japan, all those "special" EOs and security measures will be brought to good use to shut-down all criticism as we bring this fight home.

38 posted on 03/16/2014 3:42:14 PM PDT by semantic
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To: impimp

You wouldn’t know what is right and just if it kicked you in the backside, commie boy.


39 posted on 03/16/2014 3:43:19 PM PDT by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Love it or Leave it. Better dead than Red. Putin = Hitler 2014)
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To: VerySadAmerican

Ukrainians removed a corrupt leader from power. Why do you have a problem with that?


40 posted on 03/16/2014 3:44:14 PM PDT by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Love it or Leave it. Better dead than Red. Putin = Hitler 2014)
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To: varmintman

“Putin is the main actor responsible for stopping the global warming scam in 04”

He also saved the earth from asteroid impact. Got it crushed into peaces on his shirtless chest (while riding a pony).


41 posted on 03/16/2014 3:45:44 PM PDT by Grzegorz 246
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To: Irish Rose

I don’t understand why some FReepers think this is legitimate. It’s like selling your house to a “buyer” who breaks in with armed thugs. “You want to sign, yes?”


It’s disgusting moral relativism. A pack of rabid Paulistians on the loose. They are certainly not conservatives.


42 posted on 03/16/2014 3:46:40 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: Red White and Blue patriot

Perhaps you could encourage American citizens to also remove a corrupt leader. We can’t tell others to do what we will not do here at home.

Please help.


43 posted on 03/16/2014 3:47:14 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Red White and Blue patriot

“will protect you from the gays who you are so afraid of.”

there’s a tell if I have ever seen one.


44 posted on 03/16/2014 3:47:24 PM PDT by roofgoat
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To: dforest

Perhaps you could encourage American citizens to also remove a corrupt leader. We can’t tell others to do what we will not do here at home.


Perhaps you should learn to walk and chew gum at the same time.


45 posted on 03/16/2014 3:50:30 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: VerySadAmerican

Yeah, you missed the dictatorial laws the previous elected president passed, kidnapping and tortures he sanctioned, use if live ammo on the overwhelmingly unarmed protesters, the $500 million mansion he built for himself etc.

Missed pretty much everything


46 posted on 03/16/2014 3:50:33 PM PDT by Ivan Mazepa
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To: dforest

Americans can vote their way to freedom anytime they want. We have an excellent chance this year of retaking the Senate and holding the boy king in check for the next two years until we can elect a real president.


47 posted on 03/16/2014 3:52:35 PM PDT by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Love it or Leave it. Better dead than Red. Putin = Hitler 2014)
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To: lodi90

You make no sense. I see walking, but I don’t see any gum chewing.


48 posted on 03/16/2014 3:53:27 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Red White and Blue patriot

uh, okay. I know the US elections are always fair and balanced. *snicker* ask Al Franken.

Naive are ya?


49 posted on 03/16/2014 3:55:07 PM PDT by dforest
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To: roofgoat

That’s the point you Putin lovers usually make. Russia is right because they crack down on gays and they overrides all their other despicable actions. It’s one thing to dislike homos; it’s another to be so afraid of them that you would run to the beefy arms of a thug like Putin for protection (not to mention ironic). Don’t like homo marriage? Do something about it yourself. Quit being a little sissy asking for Uncle Vlad’s permission.


50 posted on 03/16/2014 3:59:05 PM PDT by Red White and Blue patriot (USA all the way. Love it or Leave it. Better dead than Red. Putin = Hitler 2014)
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