Council of Europe on Russia’s pseudo-referendums: ‘We reject…

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Council of Europe on Russia’s pseudo-referendums: ‘We reject this mockery of democracy’

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  1. The referendum is announced days before it is held. This alone would be a huge scandal in a functioning democracy.

  2. The entire text:

    Pseudo-referendums announced by Russia’s proxies in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia oblasts can “neither be accepted nor recognized,” said Marija Pejcinovic Buric, Council of Europe general secretary, on Sept. 21.

    “We reject this mockery of democracy and reaffirm our commitment to the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of our member state Ukraine within its internationally-recognized borders,” Buric said. “Such ‘referenda’ – held at gunpoint by occupying forces – disrespect basic democratic principles.”

    “I call once again for an end to the conflict and for a return to peace in Europe,” she added.

  3. Russia makes no attempt to make their claims seem realistic, so long as they can use the same words those who care nothing for democracy will go along with it. This is how they aim to take part of a country and claim any resistance is an attempt against Russian territorial integrity.

  4. Russia is not even going to pretend those referendums are legit. That terrorist bad joke of a state doesn’t even care.

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  6. These are not done for international recognition. They are used to create internal legitimacy. So that the territories can be called russian soil and mobilisation ca be justified to the general population. Putin and The Duma don’t give a shit what Europe thinks.