May 12, 2014

Putin's People Stage Their Bogus Vote

Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

The Associated Press

Valentina, a 76-year-old former Soviet-era high-school teacher, has no doubt that people in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine bordering Russia will follow Crimea’s lead and vote for secession Sunday—if for no other reason than to get rid of irritating packaging with Ukrainian-language instructions.

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TAGGED: Donetsk, Ukraine, Russia, Vladimir Putin


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