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Crimean vice premier says more than 80 percent will support secession in vote, admits presence of Russian troops

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Mar. 16, 2014 15:36
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A pro-Russian Crimean self-defense member stands guard outside the parliament building in Simferopol on March 16.
Photo by Anastasia Vlasova

SIMFEROPOL, Crimea - Crimea's Vice Premier Rustam Temirgaliyev was all smiles as he spoke to journalists near the autonomous repbulic's parliament building in Simferopol, boasting that some 82 percent of people here will vote for joining Russia in today's referendum.

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