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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Crimea Is Part of Russia to Stay
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
On March 16, 2014, Crimeans showed what democracy is all about – voting by open, free and fair referendum overwhelmingly to rejoin Russia, wanting a historic error corrected.
Turnout exceeded 83%. Nearly 97% of Crimeans chose Russia, rejecting illegitimate Kiev putschist rule.
No Kremlim pressure or intimidation influenced voters. No Russian soldiers were in sight. None invaded. None occupied Crimea then or now.
US-led Western propaganda turned truth on its head, ignoring international law.
Self-determination is a universal right. People everywhere have the right to choose their sovereignty and political status with no outside interference.
The 1941 Atlantic Charter, adopted by America, Britain and their allies during WW II, affirmed the right of self-determination, its principles including no territorial aggrandizement, no territorial chang
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