8 May 2014
Official Russian web site admits
that only 15-30% of voters supported
the annexation of Crimea by Russia
The official web site of Russia's Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights has posted the below article titled " Challenges of Crimean residents" with statistics that support the illegitimacy of the forceful annexation of Crimea by Russia on 16 March 2014.
According to the statistics of Russia's Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, " in Crimea, according to various data, 50-60% of the electorate voted in favour of joining Russia with a 30-50% voter turnout. " These statistics, in fact, reveal that the annexation of Crimea by Russia was supported by only 15-30% of the electorate.
This data fully contradicts the statement by Russia's President that 82% of the electorate participated in the referendum and over 96% supported the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) urges the international community to remain steadfast in its condemnation of this illegal invasion by Russia of Ukraine's territory and to take concrete measures to ensure that similar scenarios are not repeated in Eastern and Southern Ukraine.
"These statistics of Russia's Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights are further testimony that the illegal referendum in Crimea was a travesty orchestrated by Russia to invade Ukraine and that there exists an urgency to force the withdrawal of Russian troops and provocateurs from Ukraine," stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.
In the interest of preserving the document, the entire article is provided below.
The UW C is the international coordinating body for Ukrainian communities in the diaspora representing the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians. The UWC has member organizations in 33 countries and ties with Ukrainians in 14 additional countries. Founded in 1967, the UWC was recognized in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non‑governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative status.