Russian invaders ‘tried and failed to bribe locals’ in Kherson Oblast to take part in sham referendum, activists claim

2 October, 09:36 PM
На Херсонщині росіяни пропонували жителям по шість тисяч гривень за участь у псевдореферендумі (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo)

На Херсонщині росіяни пропонували жителям по шість тисяч гривень за участь у псевдореферендумі (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo)

When the turnout for Russia’s sham referendum in the village of Velyka Oleksandrivka in Kherson Oblast was zero, invading troops offered residents UAH 6,000 ($164) each to vote, a Ukrainian activist group has claimed.

“But everything was so bad with the referendum that the Rashists (Russian fascists) could not even bribe our citizens,” the Yellow Ribbon resistance movement said in a post on the Telegram messenger on Oct. 2

“The amount offered was UAH 6,000.”

The group’s claims cannot be verified. However, there were numerous reports of vote rigging, coercion and other violations during the “voting” period of the sham referendums that Russia set up in parts of four occupied regions of Ukraine.

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Members of the resistance movement said they were proud of all Ukrainians in the temporarily occupied territories who had boycotted the sham referendum.

The Russian invaders staged sham referendums in the temporarily occupied parts of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya oblasts from Sept. 23 to Sept. 27.

Russian propagandists claimed that over or nearly 90% of the population in Ukraine’s occupied territories had “voted” for annexation by Russia.

Numbers of 98.42% were given for Luhansk Oblast, 93.11% for Zaporizhzhya Oblast, 87.05% for Kherson Oblast, and 99.23% for Donetsk Oblast. In many of the regions, people boycotted the vote, and large numbers of people were not present, having evacuated to government-controlled parts of the country.

The international community does not recognize the results of the sham voting.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin later signed a decree on “the recognition of Kherson and Zaporizhzhya oblasts as independent territories.”

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