In Odessa and Kiev, the voting began under heavy police guard


The polling station at the elections to the state Duma in the Russian Embassy in Kiev opened at 8:00, the building is heavily guarded by law enforcement officers of Ukraine, reports “Interfax”.

As told the Agency the representative of the Russian public movement “Observer” Stepan Stradin to 9:00 voted about 20 people. He said that the Embassy is not allowed to pass any audio and video equipment, including mobile phones.

The Consulate General of Russia in Odessa also began voting in the elections to the State Duma, told “RIA Novosti” at the Consulate.

“The vote goes”, — reported in the Consulate. Diplomats said that people come to vote, the situation near the Consulate calm, no incidents recorded. The interlocutors of the Agency noted that the protection of the diplomatic mission is reinforced along the perimeter of the Consulate General a large number of law enforcement officers.

On 10 September the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed the head of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry to inform Moscow that the conduct of Russian elections in Ukraine is impossible. The Russian CEC has estimated that in this case, the vote will fail about 80 thousand Russians living in Ukraine.

Later the Ukrainian foreign Ministry has called the conditions under which it will be possible to vote in the elections to the state Duma in the premises of the Russian diplomatic missions in the country. Among these conditions was named the rejection of elections in the Crimea, which Kyiv considers to be occupied territory, as well as “exclusion from the Federal lists of candidates nominated by the Russian political parties included in the regional groups that cover the temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation the territory of Ukraine”.

The Ukrainian foreign Ministry also said that the Ukrainian foreign Ministry has expressed to the Russian side a strong protest about Moscow’s intentions to hold elections in Crimea. “In the same context we noted that the holding of such elections in the premises of diplomatic and consular missions of Russia is impossible”, — said in the statement.

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that Russia “is not ready to accept” any requirements about the conduct of the Russian state Duma elections in Ukraine. These conditions “may not be taken into account in any circumstances. Russia is not ready to discuss the electoral process in its territory to any countries”, — said Peskov.

On the night of September 17, a group of people attacked the Russian Embassy in Kiev, throwing his firecrackers and fireworks. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman called a night attack on the Russian Embassy “small incident”. Embassy of Russia in Kiev sent a note of protest to the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine with a demand to investigate the attack on the Embassy building. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov in a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault urged him to exert influence on Kiev to ensure the security of diplomatic and consular missions of Russia.

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