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Russian parliament sends delegation to monitor Crimea's referendum

March 12, 2014, 20:24 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Members of Russia’s Federation Council upper house of parliament, led by the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy Valery Ryazansky, will be sent to Crimea’s referendum as observers, a spokesman for the Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

The delegation is expected to leave for Crimea on Friday, March 14. It is comprised of Federation Council members, including Senators Valery Ryazansky, Aleksandr Borisov, Nikolay Zhuravlyov, Sergei Mamedov, Igor Morozov, Dmitry Sablin and others.

A referendum on the Crimean Autonomous Republic’s accession to Russia as one of the constituent regions is due to take place on March 16.

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