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Russian parliament lower house to support referendum in Crimea in statement

March 17, 2014, 19:19 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 17. /ITAR-TASS/. State Duma lower house of Russian parliament will support a referendum in Crimea in its statement which the lower house will consider on March 18, A Just Russia leader Sergey Mironov told reporters on Monday.

“The State Duma is drafting a statement on the situation in Crimea, we voice definite support to referendum results, ask current Crimean authorities to ensure security of people, equality and normal socio-economic conditions of life for all Crimean residents,” he said.

Mironov also noted that he had drafted an amendment to the document. In his words, current document “says nothing about our intention as quickly as possible after all official and required documents to conduct legal procedures to process referendum results are received.”

Two questions were put for a referendum in Crimea on March 16:

1. Do you support reunification of Crimea with the Russian Federation with the status of a constituent entity of the Russian Federation?

2. Do you support reinstatement of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Crimea and Crimea’s status as part of Ukraine?

According to final referendum results without taking into account figures in Sevastopol, 96.7% of voters supported reunification with Russia, chairman of the Crimean Supreme Council committee for referendum Mikhail Malyshev said earlier on Monday. As many as 95.6% of voters voted for reunification with Russia in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, chairman of the city election committee Valery Medvedev said. The turnout has made 83.1% totalling 1,2 million people.

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