The occupying Russian authorities in the Crimea are trying to increase the turnout in the presidential elections, in various ways, including from the Crimean Tatars, the Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov stated in an interview with the Voice of America.

"According to the data we receive, the occupation authorities in the Crimea are mobilizing all the tools to ensure a high level of turnout in illegal elections. Particular attention is paid to the Crimean Tatar part of the electorate. And the feeling is that this time the invaders want to recoup for total non-participation of the Crimean Tatars in the "referendum" of 2014,” he said.

According to him, in order to drive the Crimean Tatars to the polling stations, the invaders will engage special services.

“The authorities exert pressure on all segments of the Crimean Tatar social life: They summon the imams to FSB, especially those who demonstrated different positions from the position of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Russia, and cagily warn that they can be excommunicated from their communities, and will be generally prohibited from engaging in religious education," Chubarov said.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin postponed the date of election of the Russian president on March 18. This day is considered the day of annexation of the Crimea, when the Russian Federation signed the so-called agreement on the accession of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia.

Source: Voice of America