2 October 2016, 10:00



Ukranian journalist tells why he came to vote in LPR primaries

Ukranian journalist, currently living outside his usual residence in Lugansk, arrived in the city anonymously to vote in the primaries.

"I do care what’s going on in Lugansk," he said, "I will vote, but I won’t be speaking about it, as I have to go back to Ukraine and it can mean SBU (interrogation).

Talking about his life in Ukraine the journalist called a "survival rather than living".

"You have to obtain an internally displaced person certificate, otherwise you cannot settle anything, like updating driving license or rent an apartment," he explained.

He also complained about crossing the line of contact procedures from the Ukrainian side, that are "a rigmarole".

"You arrive at a crossing point with a pass paper, they check it with the SBU (base of people entitled to cross into Donbass). Mistakes, misprints are not uncommon, people are often put off buses, it’s a rigmarole. And you can face problems, really," he explained.

The journalist acknowledged that Ukranian media will hardly report trustworthy information on the primaries in LPR and DPR.

"I doubt that some media outlet will allow me to publish the truth. Ukranian security services might start asking questions, like if you were allowed to elections you affiliate," he said.

LPR Head Igor Plotnitskiy on July, 4th, announced the preliminary public voting (primaries) for the candidates to local authorities. Earlier he declared that the Republic would hold local elections if Kiev, even pressured by the West, refused to fulfill the political part of the Minsk agreements, which stipulates holding local elections in Donbass.

The representatives of LPR major civil movements, Mir Luganshchine (Peace to Lugansk) and Lugansk Economic Union, have declared full support to the voting.

The public assemblies were held in 14 LPR towns, each to elect 7 delegates to the General meeting. The General meeting on July, 24th appointed 15 members to the Interim Vote Commission (IVC) that defines voting districts, members of local territorial and district commissions, work out candidate nomination procedure, etc. LPR's justice minister Sergey Kozjakov was elected to head the IVC. The vote steering committee on July, 26th decided to hold the primaries in Lugansk, town of Aleksandrovsk and Yubileyniy settlement on October, 2nd. IVC has registered 234 candidates for the primaries.

Foreign journalists and international observers are welcomed in LPR to report the vote, their safety is guaranteed by Head of LPR Igor Plotnitskiy.

LuganskMediaCentre — 02 October — Lugansk