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In Russian presidential election, voting is forced at gunpoint in occupied Ukraine

In Russian presidential election, voting is forced at gunpoint in occupied Ukraine

[ad_1] Ukrainians in territories occupied by the Russian military are being forced to vote in the Russian presidential election under the watch of heavily armed, masked soldiers who are accompanying election officials going from house to house, knocking on doors as they seek to compel participation. The staging of the election in occupied Ukraine is a violation of international law and Russia was condemned in a statement at the United Nations on Friday by Ukraine and 55 other nations for its “manifest disregard for the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Yevheniia Hliebova, head of Novomykolaivka village military administration in Kherson region, who has left occupied territory, described it as an “election at gunpoint. That is, violence.” Election officials were walking around Novomykolaivka, Hliebova said, “in a brigade accompanied by an armed soldier. He was carrying a weapon, so it was a threat, not verbal, but in fact it was a threat of violence.” Those who refused to vote were threatened with repercussions, she said. The intimidation of Ukrainians under Russian military control to cast …

At gunpoint, Ukrainians in occupied regions vote in Russia’s election | Russia-Ukraine war News

At gunpoint, Ukrainians in occupied regions vote in Russia’s election | Russia-Ukraine war News

[ad_1] Since February 25, women with name tags and huge stacks of papers have been knocking on every door in the Russia-occupied parts of four Ukrainian regions or approaching residents outside their apartment buildings or houses. The documents are lists of voters, and the women and, rarely, men are election officials who usually teach in nearby schools, accept utilities payments or work as government clerks. They ask residents for their IDs and nudge them to fill in an early ballot form with the names of four candidates in Russia’s presidential election, current and former residents of the occupied areas told Al Jazeera. One of the candidates is Vladimir Putin, who is all but certain to win his fifth election, and the remaining three presidential hopefuls are figureheads from pro-Kremlin parties whose participation is widely understood by observers as an attempt to create an illusion of choice. The Ukrainians rarely refuse to fill in the ballot for a very persuasive reason – a masked, gun-toting Russian serviceman towering next to the official and a car filled …

Post Office victim told to give bosses £26K after being robbed at gunpoint

Post Office victim told to give bosses £26K after being robbed at gunpoint

[ad_1] Mark Kelly described how he fell victim to two armed robberies while running a post office. (BBC) A former sub-postmaster has claimed the Post Office demanded he pay back tens of thousands of pounds stolen in an armed robbery. Mark Kelly described how he fell victim to two armed robberies while running a post office in the early 2000s – and on both occasions was told he would have to repay some of the money that was taken. Kelly, who ran the Brondeg Post Office in Swansea, is one of 16 sub-postmasters found in a BBC investigation to have been told to pay stolen money back after robberies and armed robberies at their post offices. He told Newsnight that the first armed robbery happened in November 20023, when £52,000 was taken: “Five armed robbers came in with a shotgun and they fired at the counter and they threw a rock through the counter. That broke the counter and it was going towards our head, so we had to move our body and our head …