There's always a lot of back and forth about news from the Maidan, or about the news coming out of Ukraine, or Russia concerning Ukraine.
The website of the “President of Russia’s Council on Civil Society and Human Rights” posted a blog that was quickly taken down as if it were toxic radioactive waste. According to the Council’s report about the March referendum to annex Crimea, the turnout was a maximum 30%. And of these, only half voted for annexation – meaning only 15 percent of Crimean citizens voted for annexation.As we know, the official results as reported by the Kremlin were 83% turnout, with 97% voting for annexation.
The fate of Crimea, therefore, was decided by the 15 percent of Crimeans, who voted in favor of unification with Russia (under the watchful eye of Kalashnikov-toting soldiers).
Let me repeat that:
Official Kremlin results: 97% for annexation, turnout 83 percent, and percent of Crimeans voting in favor 82%.
President’s Human Rights Council results: 50% for annexation, turnout 30%, percent of Crimeans voting in favor 15%.
Putin’s people pulled this “rather unfortunate” report from the President’s Human Rights Council website, but council member Svetlana Gannushkina talked about this subject on Kanal 24 (as reproduced on Ukrainian television), declaring that the Crimean vote “discredited Russia more than could be dreamed up by a foreign agent.”On Sunday, there's another "referendum", this time in the so-called "People's Republic of Donetsk". How much you want to bet he's going to do the same thing? Oh sure, the few international monitors will object, but won't be able to do anything staring down the barrel of a Kalashnikov.
And of course, there are those in the Western Media who will let him get away with it, as he peddles the Big Lie about the illegitimacy of the Ukrainian government, and how those poor Russian speaking Ukrainians are being so repressed.