The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the monitoring mission of the European Union will not send monitors to the annexed Crimea for the election of the Russian president in 2018.
In general, 500 OSCE representatives will monitor election process in Russia, but monitors would not visit Crimea.
“The ODIHR election monitoring mandate is based on the consensus of 57 States parties of the organization. In the case of the Crimea, there is no consensus. Therefore, the ODIHR can not monitor the region," Thomas Rymer, the organization's spokesman stated.
The same position is held in the EU. According to Tomasz Zdziechowski, European MP, final lists of monitors for elections in Russia are not yet formed, but the monitors will not be send to Crimea for sure.
The election of the Russian president will be held on March 18, 2018.
December 24, an initiative group of supporters of the famous Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny held a meeting in Moscow and nominated him as a candidate for the Russian presidency.
Earlier, Kirill Sazonov political scientist said that the construction of the Kerch bridge from the occupied Crimea to neighboring Russia should become one of the leverages of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the presidential campaign.
In his words, the prospects of the construction were announced by many specialists even before the start of the preparatory work.