Press release September 18, 2016
Russian-Organized Elections in Crimea Lack Credibility
Russia held Duma elections inside the illegally-annexed and Russian-occupied Crimea on September 18.
In response to Russia’s holding Duma elections in Crimea, territory it illegally annexed, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“The elections held in Russian-occupied Crimea, and across Russia, do not legitimize Russia’s authority in Ukrainian territory," said Robert Herman, vice president for international programs. “The voting was anything but free and fair, since the residents of Crimea have no say in who will lead or claim to represent them."