The Russian occupation authorities failed to ensure a sufficient turnout at the presidential elections in the Crimea, former Russian MP Ilya Ponomarev stated on March 19.

“In the Crimea, it is even a lower than anywhere else. With a feeling of deep satisfaction, I see that it was not even possible to whip up that turnout like the one at the pseudo-referendum that took place in 2014, although they tried very hard. But it did not work. Well, who would look at these indicated 90 and more percent. A lot of people moved, the military, the non-participation of the Crimean Tatars. Accordingly, there is a logical result of 90%.”

According to the politician, for Putin the symbolism of the successful holding of elections in the territory of the occupied peninsula was very important.

“For Putin, the entire Crimean issue was very important. The elections were deliberately postponed to this date, March 18th as well as the victorious rally, although it was eventually held in Moscow, and not in Sevastopol, as many thought. I think that this was done not to provoke the international community to not recognize the elections as a whole. Nevertheless, the victorious rally for some reason was called Moscow-Sevastopol-Crimea.”

Earlier, the Head of the CEC of the Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people Zair Smedlya reported that the turnout of Crimean Tatars in the presidential elections in the occupied Crimea was no more than 10%.