Finnish election observer: Crimea is the most democratic place in the world

Summary

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.

Disproof

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/,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 102
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/03/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Finland
  • Keywords: Elections, Crimea
  • Outlet: Ria.ru, Interfax, Polit.info, Tass.ru
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Crimea reunited with Russia following a coup

Crimea rejoined Russia in 2014 following a referendum that showed overwhelming support for reunification amid a violent coup that ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and foreshadowed years of bloodshed in the east of the country.

Disproof

Crimea is part of Ukraine illegally annexed by Russia. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and state that Russia’s illegal actions remain a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States. There was no coup in Ukraine four years ago. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT.

Finnish delegation on Crimea to build friendship bonds

A Finnish delegation has reached out to Crimea and is now there to establish cooperation between Helsinki and Simferopol.

Disproof

The Finns visiting Crimea does 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,

Georgia freely joined the USSR

Georgia joined the Soviet Union in 1921 on own initiative and with free will.

Disproof

Georgia was a sovereign, democratic republic by 1921, which USSR occupied after the war in February-March 1921. Neither the Government of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, nor the Constituent Assembly has recognised the Soviet occupation. Further debunking by Myth Detector www.mythdetector.ge/en/myth/host-tv-obiektivi-believes-georgia-voluntarily-joined-ussr-1921, .