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Crimean Tatars sit this election out, or vote under pressure

Author: Lily Hyde All articles by this author

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Mar. 16, 2014 19:09
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A man holds a poster which reads "Referendum is illegal!" during the Crimean Tatars' peaceful demonstration in Bakhchisaray on March 14.
Photo by Anastasia Vlasova

SIMEROPOL, Crimea – Crimean Tatars, the ethnic minority that makes up 12 percent of the threatened peninsula’s two million people, are not joining the Kremlin bandwagon to go and vote in the March 16 referendum on joining Russia.

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