Residents of Crimea have for the first time participated in presidential elections in Russia, which coincided with the fourth anniversary of the reunification of the peninsula with Russia.
A mass festival is being held in the center of Simferopol, with fairs selling folk craftsmanship, Tatar pies and pizza, and a children’s entertainment area. Many townspeople who came to the festival say that it has become a tradition for them to celebrate the anniversary of the Crimean spring in the central square, as four years ago.
Meanwhile, the governor of Sevastopol, Dmitry Ovsyannikov, along with his family has voted in the presidential elections and reported on the great activity of Sevastopol voters. He was pleasantly surprised by the fact that queues were lining up at polling stations. As Ovsyannikov noted, in the elections to the State Duma, and also when the governor was elected, the queues were much smaller. “The election of the president is significant for every Sevastopol resident,” the head of Sevastopol stressed, adding that the situation at other polling stations in the city is much the same.
The course of elections in Crimea and Sevastopol is monitored by officially accredited observers, including international ones. On Saturday, citizens of France, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Germany, Israel, Sweden, Ukraine and Cyprus arrived in Crimea. Besides them, 3,600 public observers work throughout the peninsula.