For the residents of the Donetsk region of Ukraine who have received Russian citizenship, the separatists of the so-called “DPR” are organizing 825 bus and 12 train routes to the Russian Rostov region so that they can take part in the elections to the State Duma. About it stated the self-proclaimed head of the “DPR” Denis Pushilin in a video message.
According to him, simplified border control will be organized for those who will go to the polling stations on September 19.
As Radio Liberty previously reported, the simplified control promised by Pushilin “looks more like a military operation.” According to the orders already given people will be driven according to lists drawn up at work, in groups on buses and trains to the border with Russia. There they will disembark and direct flows on foot through six multi-purpose automobile border crossings, where Russian vehicles will be waiting for them. In the Rostov region, special 16 polling stations have been created on which there are no voter lists – upon presentation of a Russian passport, any resident of the so-called “DPR” and “LPR” will be able to vote.
In addition, the Rostov region is one of the regions where electronic voting is allowed through the “Gosuslugi” portal.
High-ranking leaders of United Russia came to the Donetsk region before the elections, in Donetsk, in fact, campaigning for this party was conducted. From the Rostov region to the State Duma running on the lists of “United Russia”, in particular, one of the former leaders of the separatists Alexander Borodai.
In recent years, several hundred thousand residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions have received Russian citizenship under a simplified scheme.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expressed strong protest in connection with the decision of the Central Election Commission of Russia that the population of the territories of Donbass not controlled by Ukraine, as well as the annexed Crimea, can vote in elections to the State Duma.