BBC license fee payers join the Kiev propaganda war
Whatever your views on Ukraine, it's interesting to see that the BBC (BBC Media Action) is doing its bit.
As for 'Soviet-style' referendums, what would we call last year's Falklands referendum, if not 'Soviet style' - "of 1,517 votes cast in the two-day referendum - on a turnout of more than 90% - 1,513 were in favour, while just three votes were against" - I ask you?
Crimeans turn out for 'Soviet-style' referendumSIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - Balloting began at 8 a.m. in a Crimean referendum that asks peninsula voters whether they want to join Russia or simply declare more autonomy from Ukraine for the region's two million residents. The vote is widely considered to be a sham with an outcome pre-determined by the Kremlin and its prime minister in Crimea, Serhiy Aksyonov, whose authority the central government in Kyiv does not recognize.
Polls close at 8 p.m. tonight.
But that didn't stop thousands from coming out early Sunday to partake, as music streamed from polling stations where women sold baked goods and hot drinks. The mood, a Kyiv Post journalists said, was oddly festive.
"It's like a Soviet-style referendum," Kyiv Post journalist Oksana Grytsenko reported from a Simferopol polling center. "People are bringing their children here, listening to music, eating baked goods."
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