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MOSCOW, March 14, /ITAR-TASS/. State Duma deputies will observe the upcoming referendum in Crimea scheduled for March 16, head of the State Duma department for public relations and interaction with mass media Yuri Shuvalov told Itar-Tass.
Chairman of the State Duma Committee for the CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots Leonid Slutsky and his first deputy Oleg Lebedev “will arrive in Crimea just at the referendum in order to inform the parliament about the pace of the referendum”, Shuvalov said.
Slutsky told Itar-Tass that “we’ve decided to give an observer status to deputies, who stay in Crimea. Among them are deputy speaker Sergei Neverov, first deputy head of the United Russia party faction Nikolai Bulayev, deputy head of the LDRP faction Yaroslav Nilov and Mikhail Degtyarev (LDPR)”.
Deputies “will comply with their observer mandate and represent the State Duma at the referendum in Crimea at the invitation of Supreme Council speaker Vladimir Konstantinov”, Slutsky said.
State Duma observers are expected to meet leaders of the Crimean Supreme Council and the Council of Ministers, as well as the coordination councils of Russian compatriots, the Duma lawmaker said.