OSCE observers will not put occupied Crimea in the report on the observation of elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation. This was stated by the Head of Mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Jan Petersen in an interview with Izvestia.
"Our report will not contain anything about the peninsula", — Petersen said, when asked whether the OSCE would recognize the elections in Crimea.
According to him, OSCE observers are distributed throughout the territory of the Russian Federation. But as the work of the OSCE is "based on the consensus of all OSCE member states", Crimea is not part of the observation.
Let us remind, on September 8 the Verkhovna Rada adopted a decree which asked the foreign parliaments and international organizations to refrain from participating in observation of elections for the State Duma of Russia on the territory of annexed Crimea and not to recognize the results.
Elections will be held in Crimea on September 18. The candidates of "Edinaja Rossija" on the peninsula are the "head" of Crimea Sergei Aksionov and "prosecutor" Natalia Poklonskaya.