Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

The Russian Federation opened 21 illegal polling stations in Georgia’s occupied territories for the State Duma Elections on 18 September 2016. Besides, according to the decision by Chairperson of Russia’s Central Election Commission, more than 114 thousand people residing in occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Regions were registered as voters in different federal subjects of the Russian Federation.

Noteworthy that as early as 2000s Moscow started the process of illegal, forced passportisation in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Regions and in 2011-2012 made these people illegitimately participate in the Parliamentary and Presidential Elections of the Russian Federation. Furthermore, in 2016 they are included in electoral lists of Russia’s federal districts and voting for a majoritarian candidate from the respective federal subjects.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns holding the elections to the Russian State Duma in Georgia’s occupied regions as another manifestation of Moscow’s annexation policy, which grossly violates fundamental norms of international law. Through the aforementioned actions, the Russian Federation neglects the essential principles, enshrined in the UN Charter, such as inviolability of internationally recognized borders and non-interference in domestic affairs.

The Ministry calls upon the international community to give proper assessment and react to another illegal action of the Russian Federation in the occupied regions, aimed at violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.