In Crimea's Local Elections, Pro-Russians Run Strong

September 15, 2014 9:17 PM

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People were queuing for several hours at a polling station in a leafy suburb of Sevastopol on Sunday morning, as residents of Crimea voted for the first time since the Ukrainian peninsula was annexed by Russia in March. The man in charge, Igor Leukhov, told Bloomberg Businessweek that the turnout was pretty remarkable, albeit not as huge as during the referendum on separating from Ukraine, which was hastily organized after the Russian takeover. By 5 p.m., people still had to join a sizable line before getting a chance to vote.

The elections to Crimea’s regional parliament and to the city council of Sevastopol, which counts as a separate region, were held on the same day as local elections all around Russia, including Moscow where the turnout was record low this year. After voting in Ukrainian elections for years, people n...

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