Contrary to the sanctions. Foreign deputies arrive for the elections in Crimea

More than 150 foreign delegates will arrive as observers for the Russian presidential elections in March 2018 by the invitation of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. One part of them is going to visit polling stations in Crimea, as “Izvestia” reports citing sources of the Russian parliamentary circles. According to the publication, parliamentarians from Europe, Asia, South America and Africa will come as observers. They will work in parallel with representatives of international organizations. The parliamentarians from Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and other countries are included in the list of invitees. The representatives of Brazil, India, Japan, Israel, Indonesia, South Africa, Thailand and Viet Nam will also participate.

“There will be politicians of different spectrum: left, right, centrists. They will monitor the electoral process in all regions of the country, including Crimea, where are going to arrive about ten parliamentarians. Invitations for almost 150 MPs have been prepared by the State Duma” – writes “Izvestia”. The State Duma Committee on international Affairs noted that the list of invited is being constantly updated. As it was told by the Central election Commission of the Russian Federation, the status of the individual observers will give to foreign legislators the same rights as to members, for example, of the Office for democratic institutions and human rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE and other international organizations.

According to the preliminary data of the CEC, the total number of international observers on the presidential elections in March 2018 may be about 1 thousand people. Their own missions will be sent, for example, by OSCE / ODIHR, parliamentary Assembly of the CIS, SCO and some other organizations. The Federation Council will also invite foreign experts. Earlier, Italian journalist, political scientist and public figure Giulietto Chiesa declared his intention to come to Crimea for the presidential elections.

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