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Over 96 percent of Crimea voters choose to join Russia

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Over 96 percent of Crimea voters choose to join Russia

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The votes in Crimea’s referendum have been counted. A complete, preliminary ballot count showed that 96.77 of voters have elected to join Russia, the chairman of the regional government commission overseeing the referendum said on Monday.

Mikhail Malishev said “the number of voters of the Crimea referendum is 1,274,096 which is a turnout of 83.1 per cent.”

The vote and Russian troops’ intervention in Crimea have triggered the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov’s regional assembley arranged the election which is not recognised by Kyiv because it doesn’t consider the vote legitimate.

Russia’s finance ministry said on Monday Moscow may offer a special tax regime for Crimea