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You're reading: Euan MacDonald: Number of Crimean voters appears to be greatly inflated by pro-Russian counters

 The “yes” vote to return to Russian rule was a massive 97.3%, on the back of a huge voter turnout of 81.2%, according to the data given by the head of Crimea’s hastily set up referendum commission, Mikhail Malyshev.

The figures reported by Malyshev indicate there were 1,844,589 registered voters in Crimea and Sevastopol (legally a separate entity), of whom 1,495,043 turned up at the polls and voted “yes,” with the total of valid votes being 1,536,290.

That does indeed yield a “yes” vote of 97.3%, so the figures given by Malyshev do seem to be consistent with each other.

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