MOSCOW, October 1 – Novosti. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported that they announced the suspicion of the head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, and eight deputies of the DPR in holding an allegedly illegal referendum in the east of the country.
A day earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke in the Kremlin following the results of referendums in the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions , after which he signed agreements on the admission of regions into Russia. Referendums on the issue of joining Russia were held from 23 to 27 September in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, as well as in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. According to the results of processing 100% of ballots in the DPR, 99.23% of those who voted for joining the Russian Federation, in the LPR – 98.42%, in the Kherson region– 87.05%, in the Zaporozhye region – 93.11%. The public addressed the regional authorities with the initiative to immediately hold referendums. According to representatives of the republics and regions, joining Russia will secure their territories and restore historical justice. In their opinion, this decision is extremely necessary in the context of constant acts of terror by the nationalist authorities of Ukraine and NATO members , who supply weapons to kill civilians.
“The SBU reported the suspicion of nine more to the organizers of illegal referendums of the Russian Federation…. The head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, received suspicion of collaborative activities. Eight “deputies of the people’s council of the DPR”, namely: Maxim Knysh, Alexander Malkov, Natalya Strelchuk, Miroslav Rudenko , received suspicion , Anastasia Selivanova, Alexander Bondarenko, Alexander Diagovets, Alexei Zhigulin ,” the press service of the SBU reports in the Telegram channel.
According to the department, they are charged with two articles – “collaboration activities” and “encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine.” The sanctions envisaged by the Ukrainian authorities for “collaborationism” include both a fine of up to 170 thousand hryvnia (4.6 thousand dollars) and imprisonment from three to five years.
The referendums were held in full compliance with the norms and principles of international law, Vasily Nebenzya , permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the UN , said earlier at a meeting of the UN Security Council .
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The referendums were held against the backdrop of sanctions pressure and Western statements about the need for a negotiation process between Moscow and Kiev . Many countries have declared that they do not recognize the results of the vote. Russia, in response to the UN Security Council, stated that by not recognizing the referenda, the West is showing double standards.
Nebenzia previously recalled the recognition of Kosovo . There are other examples in history of the recognition by the West of the separation and annexation of territories without the consent of the states to which they belonged. Texas seceded from Mexico in 1836 and then became part of the United States ; in 1990 and 1991, Slovenia and Croatia held referendums on independence from Yugoslavia without the consent of its authorities and were recognized; in 1991 referendums on independence from the USSR were held in Estonia , Ukraine, Georgia , Moldova , Turkmenistan , Armenia andAzerbaijan – against the will of the Soviet leadership and the entire Soviet people, who at the all-Union referendum spoke in favor of preserving the Union; and during the unification of the FRG and the GDR, no one asked the opinion of the population at all – the absorption of East Germany by West took place without a referendum.
At the same time, the results of referendums within the Western countries themselves are ignored. In 2017, 90% of the inhabitants of the autonomy voted for the independence of Catalonia from Spain , after which Madrid began large-scale repressions against supporters of independence. At the end of 2017, residents of the Italian regions of Veneto and Lombardy demanded greater autonomy from Rome in referenda , but the process of granting new powers from the central authorities stalled.
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“Russia opens not only the doors of our native home for our brothers and sisters, it opens its heart to them. Welcome home,” Vladimir Putin said, speaking to those gathered on Red Square.