“Participation in elections of the Russian Federation of Russian citizens living on the territory of Ukraine, can be regarded as an act of disloyalty,” — said the head of the Fund “Russian world”, the Chairman of the Duma Committee on education Vyacheslav Nikonov on the forum “unity with Russia” on August 28, writes “Kommersant”. According to Nikonov, to vote for the Russians in Ukraine “is simply impossible”. “We don’t even want to expose people to risk,” he said.
Concerns Nikonov confirmed the publication of other interlocutors “Kommersant”. The Chairman of the Commission on elections of the MFA of Russia, Ambassador at large Andrei Nesterenko said that the foreign Ministry and the CEC does not believe that Ukraine will be able to have “full” voting process.
Close to the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia, the interlocutor of “Kommersant” was told that the Russians will not be able to vote in the territory of the diplomatic mission of Russia in Ukraine. According to him, the Russian Embassy in Ukraine will be able to vote only its diplomats and staff.
According to the CEC member Vasily Likhachev, Ukraine will be able to organise 4 of the voting precinct. Former Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov informed the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, even before his resignation. Then the President of Ukraine said that “there will be security measures, but the information says that “the Right sector” (an organization banned in Russia) is preparing for provocations”.
The newspaper’s source close to the presidential administration of Ukraine, said that Ukrainian authorities do not intend to contribute to the vote, whose organization is the task of the Russian diplomats.
In 2011 in Ukraine, the year the state Duma elections, according to CEC, 17 sections voted about 23 thousand Russian citizens.
Duma elections will be held in a single vote, on 17 September 2016.