Ukrainians, i.e. approximately 280-310 thousand residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts who have received Russian passports, will vote in the current elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation in a compulsory way. What is this? Is it a major characteristic of the elections to the State Duma this year or the most insolent attempt of falsification?
If we go a little bit deeper, then we will see interesting facts. For example, before the elections the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation introduced a programme on “relocation of “its compatriots” in the territory of the Russian Federation”. These “compatriots” will comprise Ukrainians who live in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. The Ministry guarantees accommodation, employment and financial assistance.
A perfect mechanism for falsification of the elections appears with simultaneous introduction of a possibility to vote online in the Russian Federation and massive migration of Ukrainians.
These are extremely alarming tendencies particularly for our youth who currently live in the occupied territories. There are messages in social media that leaders of students’ self-governance were “insistently” asked to provide turnout of students or inform in advance that there was no such opportunity to do so but with the corresponding consequences.
According to Radio Liberty, there were 825 buses and 12 trains for residents of the occupied territories, who had received Russian passports, to Rostov oblast (the Russian Federation) to take part in the elections to the State Duma. Of course such activities on the part of Russia are understandable because residents of the occupied Donbas will vote for “United Russia”, according to The Independent.
What does it mean? Is it coercion? Is it intimidation of each and every resident of Ukraine? No, it means that Ukraine is losing its residents and virtually is not preventing their integration into the political future of the Russian Federation later on.
Separatist administrations find such a “characteristic” of the elections to the State Duma very advantageous as it gives them a chance for legitimation.
However those are not all alarming markers. Recently the Russian Federation has refused to continue the mandate of the OSCE mission on the boundary line. It means that Russia recognises the OSCE neither as an institution, nor as a dispute settlement mechanism! All of this looks like Russia is withdrawing the OSCE from the process of dispute settlement.
If Ukraine does not manage to broaden the mandate of the OSCE mission at the next meetings of the UN General Assembly and a session of the OSCE, there is a possibility to have Russian “peacemakers” who have made every effort to create boundaries within our country!
It is likely that our compatriots will not be able to cross these boundaries to their Motherland!