Back in the spring of 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law “On the termination of Agreements Related to the Presence of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.” Since then, any financial claims of Kyiv on Crimea are legally void.
More than half a million independent observers could be in the polling stations during the referendum for amendment to the Russian constitution on July 1st. No other country in the world allows such observers. In the context of the Covid-19 epidemics, it demonstrates high professionalism and democratic standards.
Recurrent narrative stating that Russia's standards of Democracy are higher than in Western countries.
Many of the foreign observers who oversaw the organisation of the referendum in Moscow and Crimea cannot be called "independent", since many are supporters of the Russian government and diplomacy.
Russian independent observers however faced difficulties in their task bigger than in previous elections. Many irregularities were pointed out but few were addressed by the Central Election Commission. The data also showed issues with both the turnout and the results.
EEAS spokesman Peter Stano declared on July 2: "We are aware of reports and allegations of irregularities during the vote, including voter coercion, double voting, violation of secrecy of the vote, and allegations of police violence against a journalist who was present to observe"