East StratCom disinformation claim:

The referendum in Crimea expressed the will of local people and means the annexation by Russia was legal.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 5. December 2016

Debunk claim:

Any decision relating to Ukraine’s sovereignty or sovereign choices can only be taken without undue external pressure. This so-called referendum was organised by a self-proclaimed Crimean leadership lacking democratic legitimacy and installed by armed Russian military personnel following the seizure of public buildings. The EU does not recognise it. The United Nations General Assembly Resolution No. 68/262, adopted on 27 March 2014 and supported by 100 states (only 10 states opposed it), clearly says that Russia’s actions in the peninsula as well as the referendum held in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea violate international law http://www.securitycouncilreport.org/atf/cf/%7B65BFCF9B-6D27-4E9C-8CD3-CF6E4FF96FF9%7D/a_res_68_262.pdf

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 51. The item is located at row number 42 in the report.

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