Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Crimea votes 97% for Russia


The Crimean people have voted overwhelmingly to remove themselves from the diktat of the NATO/EU backed Kiev Junta and apply for union with the Russian Federation in an act of historic justice for themselves and the future of their nation.

In Sunday’s referendum, 16 March, 2014, 97% of those voting supported the proposition of joining the Russian Federation despite threats of boycott and NATO/EU sanctions and abuse from the Junta leaders in Kiev. Washington’s muppet and leader of the Kiev traitors, Yatseniuk, threatened “burning the ground” under “seperatists” but all Yatseniuk commands now is a viper’s tongue. The remnants of Ukrainian military in Crimea are either leaving or joining the new Crimean defence forces.

The 97% vote means that large numbers of Tatars and non-Russian minorities must also have voted ‘Yes’ in defiance of the vicious propaganda of the Kiev Junta and the NATO/EU exploiters stating that their lives would be endangered in a free Crimea.

Fireworks exploded and Russian flags fluttered above as jubilant crowds gathered in the centre of Simferopol after the results became known that there would be a landslide victory for the proposal to rejoin Russia. Crimean leader Sergiy Aksyonov told a cheering crowd of thousands on Lenin Square in the capital that Crimea was "going home" after the emphatic referendum result, the crowd singing the Russian anthem after the preliminary results were revealed.

Jubilant Crimeans celebrate the Referendum result in Simferopol

Maliciously described by the Western propaganda machine as “annexation” which is a unilateral act by one country against another without consent, the Crimean vote is a democratic expression of the will of the Crimean people and their right to self-determination while the application by the Crimean Parliament and Government to become part of the Russian Federation requires reciprocal consent by the Russian State Duma and cannot, in any factual way be described as “annexation”. Russia today recognised the independence of Crimea and the application to join the Russian Federation will be considered in a legal and proper way in due course.

It is understandable that the fury and gnashing of teeth in Washington and Brussels and their miserable muppets in Kiev knows no bounds as their grand scheme to subsume Ukraine into the NATO/EU bloc has come crashing down around their ears
and the billions of dollars spent on it goes to waste. Several EU leaders joined up to support Washington’s move to impose financial and diplomatic sanctions against Russia but Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Cyprus have not joined the bandwagon.


Western propaganda outlets, both radio and press, continually lie about the process of the Crimean referendum. “There are no international observers” and “The referendum is being held at the point of a gun” are two of the main lies being peddled in the last few days. There are, in fact independent international observers present.

135 international observers have arrived from 23 countries, including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia and Poland. Among those monitoring the referendum are members of the EU and national European parliaments, international law experts and human rights activists.

No violations at the Crimea referendum have been reported by the international observers currently present in the republic:

“It’s all quiet so far,” Mateus Piskorkski, the leader of the European observers’ mission and Polish MP“Our observers have not registered any violations of voting rules.”

Another observer, Ewald Stadler, member of the European Parliament, dispelled the “referendum at gunpoint” myth, by saying he felt people were free to make their choice.

“I haven’t seen anything even resembling pressure,” he said. “People themselves want to have their say.”

Many were impressed by the turnout, which appeared to be so high as to have people stand in lines to get to the ballot box in the morning. The turnout for the referendum in Crimea at 17.00 local time (15.00 GMT) was 70 per cent, the referendum’s website said.

“The lines are very long, the turnout is big indeed,” a member of the international observer mission, Bulgarian parliament member Pavel Chernev, said. “Organization and procedures are 100 percent in line with the European standards,” he added.

Quite contrary to the propagandist approach taken by the EU and the US, most of them said they believed the referendum in Crimea was legitimate.

“The US and also the EU, they only respect international law, if it’s in favour of their opinion,” Johann Gudenus, member of the city parliament of Vienna, said. “Our opinion is – if people want to decide their future, they should have the right to do that and the international community should respect that. There is a goal of people in Crimea to vote about their own future. Of course, Kiev is not happy about that, but still they have to accept and to respect the vote of people in Crimea”. Johannes Hübner, an Austrian MP said he felt he had to come to Crimea to get the real picture of what was happening on the peninsula.European media is very distorted,” he said

Aymeric Chauprade political scientist and geopolitician from France believes the referendum is justified by Russian and Ukrainian history.

“Yes, I think the referendum is legitimate,” he said. “We are talking about long-term history. We are talking about the Russian people, about the territories of the former USSR with artificial borders. So, I think it’s a legitimate referendum that will give opportunity for this Russian population’s reunification with Russia”.

Tatjana Ždanoka, European parliament MEP, representing Latvia, says the fact that the EU and the US refuse to see the referendum as legitimate can only be explained by double standard applied by Western leaders to the situation.

“The European parliament’s resolution demands that Crimeans comply with the Ukrainian constitution and says that the referendum is against that constitution. But that’s the same as to demand Kosovars to comply with the constitution of the former Yugoslavia, which naturally never happened. Double standards are everywhere in global politics. We know it from history. We see it now”.

Observers from Serbia also praised the referendum as free and legitimate.

“People freely expressed their will in the most democratic way, wherever we were,” Serbian observer Milenko Baborats said “We were amazed by the amount of people who came to the polls. After just 1 hour of voting in most of the polls we visited around 15 percent of voters already cast their votes.” “During the day we didn’t see a single serious violation of legitimacy of the process,” he added.

According to another Serbian observer they visited eight polling stations in Simferopol, Alushta and Yalta:

“We spoke to the members of the electoral commission and the people who came to participate in the referendum. The voting process was very well organized,” Zoran Radoychich said. “We did not notice any pressure on voters – that was our general impression.”

“As compared to Kosovo, where the referendum was indeed held under the pressure of Western nations, here people are voting freely.”

The foreign affairs editor from Chronicles Magazine, Srdja Trifkovic, who is also an observer at the Crimean referendum has said that he drove from Simferopol to Yalta on Saturday and back and he “didn’t see a single barrel (of a gun) unless you count two speed traps, one on the way out and one on the way back where policemen had guns.”

“The presence of troops on the streets is virtually non-existent and the only thing resembling any such thing is the unarmed middle-aged Cossacks who are positioned outside the parliament building in Simferopol. But if you look at the people both at the voting stations and in the streets, like on Yalta’s sea front yesterday afternoon, frankly I think you would feel more tense in south Chicago or in New York’s Harlem than anywhere round here,” he said. Trifkovic added that in regard to referendums the western powers function on the basis of situational morality and “not on any firm principle.”

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