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Russia rebuffs Kiev's threat to prosecute Crimea poll organisers

September 10, 2014, 16:27 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL
On September 14, along with local elections, Crimea will hold contests for the regional parliament and the Russian federal city of Sevastopol for posts in its legislative assembly.
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SIMFEROPOL, September 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia's presidential envoy to Crimea has rebuffed a warning from Ukrainian authorities that they will prosecute organisers of September 14 elections in the new Russian republic.

The threat from the General Prosecutor’s Office in Ukraine's capital, Kiev would have no impact on the voting, envoy to Crimean Federal District Oleg Belaventsev told reporters on Wednesday.

His dismissal of Kiev's words follows Ukrainian media outlets on Tuesday reporting the prosecutor's threat of criminal proceeedings if elections went ahead in Russia's new territory.

“I am far from understanding the connection between Ukraine’s General Prosecutor’s Office and Crimea,” Belaventsev said. “Let them [Ukrainians] solve their own problems - they have plenty - and here [in Crimea] the question has the answer as people expressed their will long ago,” he added.

Belaventsev also announced that there would be no foreign observers at the elections, explaining that “upon Russian laws, regions do not need to invite observers to their local elections although our Japanese friends visited us and expressed their willingness to come for monitoring the voting.”

Competition between the political parties would ensure honest elections, the envoy said.

On September 14, along with local elections, Crimea will hold contests for the regional parliament and the Russian federal city of Sevastopol for posts in its legislative assembly.

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