Another ten people who participated in the organization and holding of a sham referendum in Russina-occupied Luhansk Oblast have been notified that they face charges, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office reported on Oct. 8.
The suspects are accused of encroaching on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, and of collaborating with the enemy occupier.
They have been formally charged under Part 2 of Article 110, Part 5 of Article 111−1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
According to the investigation, on Sept. 19, the head of the so-called “public chamber of the LPR” initiated the holding of a pseudo-referendum in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Luhansk Oblast.
“On Sept. 20, the chairman, deputy chairman and pseudo-deputies of the so-called ‘people's council of the LPR’ voted for the adoption of the fake law ‘On the referendum of the LPR on the question of joining the Russian Federation with the rights of a subject of the Russian Federation,’” the report from prosecutors reads.
“Based on this ‘document,’ on Sept. 23-27, a pseudo-referendum was organized and held in the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk Oblast and in ‘foreign precincts’ on the territory of the Russian Federation.’”
The suspects publicly called on Ukrainian citizens to actively participate in the illegal event and encouraged them to vote to join the Russian Federation.
The pretrial investigation is being carried out by the investigators of the 3rd Department of the State Security Service of Ukraine in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
Previously, Russian propaganda media claimed that a “referendum” would be held by the occupying “authorities” on making Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Luhansk Region part of the Russian Federation.
On Sept. 23, in the occupied territories of several oblasts of Ukraine — Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhya, and Kherson — Russia attempted to hold sham “referendums” with the aim of attempting to ligitimize its annexation claims.
The Russian army did not even fully control any of these areas, and more of these areas have been liberated since the holding of the sham referendums.