43 election observers from 20 countries came to observe the elections in Crimea. Finnish election observer and human rights activist Johan Bäckman says the Russian elections were transparent and democratic / there is a real democracy in Crimea / Crimea is the most democratic place in the world.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation regarding Finns visiting Crimea. Visitors do not in any way represent the Finnish state. It is a "delegation" led by well-known Pro-Kremlin propagandist Johan Bäckman.
Finland condemns the illegal annexation by Russia, which is against the international law. formin.finland.fi/public/default.aspx?contentid=373136&nodeid=15146&contentlan=2&culture=en-US
The European Union - and Finland as its member state - does not recognise the holding of elections by the Russian Federation in the Crimean peninsula. The OSCE/ODIHR observers did not conduct any activities in these illegally-annexed territories, participation of EU Member States' diplomats in observation activities within the framework of the OSCE/ODIHR EOM was also limited to the recognised territory of the Russian Federation. eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/41606/statement-presidential-elections-russian-federation_en
For background on fake election observing missions, see: www.tango-noir.com/2018/01/29/european-council-on-democracy-and-human-rights-presidential-election-in-crimea-is-fair-free-and-legitimate/