The Crimean Referendum Vote: A Photo Summary

Tyler Durden's picture

The much anticipated, if largely moot, Crimean referendum vote whether to break away from Ukraine and join Russia, began early on Sunday, even as Kiev is accusing Moscow of rapidly building up its armed forces on the peninsula in "crude violation" of an international treaty.

According to Reuters, Ukrainian acting defence minister Ihor Tenyukh said Russian troop numbers in Crimea were now almost double the level agreed with Moscow, and Kiev's forces were taking "appropriate measures" along the border with Russia. Tenyukh dismissed any suggestion that a militarily and economically weakened Ukraine might give up in the face of the Russian power. "Decisions will be taken depending on how events unfold. But let me say once again that this is our land and we will not be leaving it," he told Interfax news agency.

In the meantime, the vote has begun: "I have voted for Russia," said Svetlana Vasilyeva, a veterinary nurse who is 27. "This is what we have been waiting for. We are one family and we want to live with our brothers."

Last month's fall of Moscow-backed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich following deadly protests in Kiev has aroused fears among some of the country's native Russian-speakers.

"We want to leave Ukraine because Ukrainians told us that we are people of a lower kind. How can you stay in such a country?" said Vasilyeva.

Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) and close 12 hours later. Provisional results will be released late on Sunday with the final tally expected a day or two later.

Crimea's 1.5 million voters have two options: union with Russia or giving their region, which is controlled by pro-Kremlin politicians, the broad right to determine its own path and choose relations with whom it wants - including Moscow.

Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) and close 12 hours later. Provisional results will be released late on Sunday with the final tally expected a day or two later. According to Bloomberg, as of noon, the vote turnout at 44%, citing Crimean referendum chief Mikhail Malyshev in Simferopol. Malyshev also reported that the Sevastopol turnout at 49% at noon and has risen to 64% by 3pm, adding that no voting violations reported. The Crimean deputy PM said that he expects an 80%+ turn out in the vote with over 80% voting in favor of joining Russia.

Those curious what the Ukrainians are thinking:

So even as the vote which is merely a placeholder as Russia continues its military build up in the Crimea, Russian troops keep piling along the Eastern border, and with headlines like this hitting the tape:


It probably means Russia still hasn't amassed enough troops to continue its business in East Ukraine, a build up which continues through yesterday as seen below.


Meanwhile, this is how the vote looked like through the lens of photographers:

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zionhead101's picture

Wow this feed from ZH is off the Reuter and over 4 hours old, pls Tylers, could you do better if you tried?

How about something original from a non-msm source?

Bioscale's picture

The votings rooms get closed in the evening, there is no news until then. What "original" did you expect?

HarryWanqer's picture

It's outrageous these people must endure having their ID's checked. I bet they even verify whether a person has already voted! Oh the humanity! There's no level the Russians won't stoop to...

nightshiftsucks's picture

And who's counting them ? Are you that gullible ?

HarryWanqer's picture

You mean they don't use corrupted computer code to count their votes either? WOW... I don't know if it can get anymore outrageous.

Seer's picture

I helped derail that computer shit in my area.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Voters don't win elections. Counters do.

Slaves voting for a master...pathetic.


Anusocracy's picture

The 'Who guards the guardians?' problem is universal.

So the gullible are those who want government.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Continued belief in something or some outcome, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary is nothing more than religion.

The torch passed from Divine Right of Kings, to Divine Right of the Majority.

Ifigenia's picture

If they dont check ID, even Vitoria Nulland could go there and vote, just like what she did in Kiev, appointment her fellow jews as members of the Kiev Junta. Have you already forget the phone chat?

HarryWanqer's picture

They had a vote in Kiev? I thought they were all appointed from the CIA? Why wasn't I told?

FreedomGuy's picture

Yes, they should be allowing illegal aliens to vote like the USSA.

Soul Glow's picture

Zion - start your own website.

Fuh Querada's picture

+1 That truly repulsive avatar (I mean Z's) would be a good start . And try clicking on the user name, I get access denied.

Element's picture

access denied = scheduled for demolition ... as in "pull it"

swmnguy's picture

Yes, that's what that means.  I'm sure a new e-mail addy and a new screen-name are not long in coming.  We'll know by the style, though.

earleflorida's picture

gee... i guess i'm not wanted here?

adeptish's picture

Zion = conTROLLed opposition...

EvlTheCat's picture

Excuse me waiter, there is a fly in my soup!!  But sir, this is a soup kitchen, there are no waiters and the soup is free?

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

True story: at my office they were taking food and $$ collections to feed the homeless at a soup kitchen downtown.  After gathering donations, then they came back and asked for volunteers to serve the food to the bums who were scoring free shit, and clean up after them.  I asked about the type of work, and it basically was waitoring for them.  They said that our doing so (being slaves for bums) would give them the dignity they deserve (it seems they've earned it by sitting on a street doing jackshit and smelling like garbage).

I told them to fuck off.  Money and fucking food is not enough any more - now you have to serve it and wipe the asses of bums.  And the kicker to that was ... during your volunteering shifts you are not allowed to accept or make phone calls or send texts - just work like a dog for free to be a slave to fucking bums.

Fuck helping people if that is what it has come to.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

A young co worker in his 20's decided to get involved with a 'small group' at hic church. They were going to 'feed the homeless'. He contacted local businesses and arranged to pick up food items in his truck and help serve the homeless. 

The next day he had a shit load of bagels, bread and buns in the back of his truck. All perfectly good and unopened. I asked him what the deal was. 

It seems the homeless 'didn't like that kind' and refused to eat it. They did eat the store bought lasagna, however. "I guess I'll feed it to the birds or something" he said. 

Sad thing is - I don't think he learned a damn thing from it. 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

+1.  This is just one of the MANY perversions and subversions of 'Christianity'.

When Christians acquire or regain the RECIPROCITY and QUID-PRO-QUO principles, it has a chance of becoming relevant again and being saved from itself. 

There is NOTHING (explicit) in the Sermon on the Mount speech that makes the prescribed behavior an EXCLUSIVE (mandatory) code, but is being interpreted as such.  With a SLIGHT word changing  (recording) and interpretation, it could easily open the door for a different view: " Do good whenever you can, sometimes its best to not escalate things and to 'turn the other cheek', etc." 

Christianity has become the religion of peasants, sheep and slaves -- and the ruling-class, predators and wolves have learned to position themselves to rule over these... Sheeple.   For these (and other reasons), I have disavowed it years ago, and been MUCH happier for it:  No more bullshit and leverage of "Guilt" and other sheeple-concepts, where Wankers tell you what life, the world and the universe is all about, by citing super-aged bullshit from semi-literate tribes of 'questionable hygiene' and IQ.  Bah!  No wonder Zionists and Muslim Wahabists don't respect Christianity: In Darwinistic terms, it doesn't deserve respect these days.  That's why I call 'Jesus' the "Hippie God", compared to the "Warrior God" that Zionists and Muslim Wahabists have.

Sorry for the digression (and soapbox speech), but dammit, somebody has to shake the bed, in the hopes of waking up some people.  Now back to the Crimea River elections...

island's picture

First post I've seen that raises a perspective I shared for years  Be kind to everyone, but be very selective when chosing friends and community. and be just as selective when chosing who and what to support.  Values, including reciprocity and mutuality, are important indeed.

oddjob's picture

Yes Kirk, better get back to bemoaning how ZH misled you into buying PM's.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Nice try at Deflection & Redirection.  Let me spell it out for you, the sub-80 IQ crowd and the Trolls:

Kirk hates... fucking despises Lies, Cruelty & Oppression, Fraud and Hypocrisy of all kinds -- REGARDLESS of SOURCE.   Not critiquing (not the same as 'attacking') one's own (ZH) hinders "Lessons Learned" from occurring, and prevents Growth  of  one's group (ZH). 

Hope this clear it up, as to why I seem so "harsh" on some issues, positions or people.  Put another way...

"TRUTH is the only God I shall worship and serve.  There are NO other Gods other than TRUTH --only cheap impostors, whether Earthly or Celestial.  And ALL TRUTH originates in the Universal and Immutable Laws of Nature -- not the laws of puny day-flies, called Men." -Kirk.

oddjob's picture

It is not the sub-80 IQ crowd that needs your disdain or mindless lecturing. You are the worst troll of all, leaving your skid mark on nearly every article posted on ZH. Do you ever think anything you don't say?

sleigher's picture

I understand what you mean.  I didn't have the typical experience growing up and there was a time that I was in that soup line.  I had a job, I had an apartment but I just didn't have enough to get by.  They aren't ALL sitting around doing jack shit smelling like garbage.  I agree, many in there were crackheads / dealers or heroin addicts, but not all.  There was the random woman feeding herself and a kid and stuff like that.

This was a long time ago, but I sill remember.  No one ever waited on me though.  I got some soup, some bread and a few rolls to take with me for later.  Then the local gov started stepping in and tried shutting it all down.  Making it a crime to feed hungry people.  

I will say this, eating at one of those places never made me feel like I had more dignity.  It did make me not hungry though and for that I am thankful.

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

Am fully aware there are decent people in the mix who are decent and grateful, and that not all are bums.  No issue helping those people, but the guilt tripping is crap.  Serving people though - no way - unless they are handicapped or something.

slotmouth's picture

This obviously isn't solely from rtrs.  Do you expect Tylers to personally visit Crimea and do on the ground reporting?  This is a good recap based on readily accessible info, and you are a douche.

Wahooo's picture

How do we know the Tylers aren't in Crimea? They move without being seen. They are as mysterious as the missing 777.

fockewulf190's picture

Unlike the 777 crew, the Tyler crew hasn´t shut off all communications. Preserving your identity in the non-MSM world of opinion is also quite commonplace, and has some advantages.  Frankly, we are probably getting many more insider stories here about what is happening in the backround precisely because of said anonyminity.

IridiumRebel's picture

And if they start quoting "beforeitsnews.shit" and Pravda! only, the legitimacy will decline precipitously.

Cap Matifou's picture

I hope a swarm of drones will be sent here as well:
More sovereignty votes: Sunday referendum may see Venice elect to secede from Italy

IridiumRebel's picture

Can you downvote me please? 

Anusocracy's picture

Our pathological liars are our problem, their pathological liars are their problem.

I've been exposed to domestic liars my entire life. I am sick of them.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

These people look better put together than my Democrat OR Republican friends. They are neatly dressed, calm and seem overall well adjusted and adult. I am embarrassed at what a sick rabid dog the US is and unafraid to say it. Good luck seeing an orderly, well attended, intelligent vote anywhere near where I live in crackhead USA.

CrazyCatLady's picture

Chill- our votes are theater, they don't really count for anything

Bunders's picture

Sounds like you've already got a western style democracy. Actually, that voting apparatus looks way too cost effective, how many billions (of taxpayer dollars) did the candidates spend on their campaigns? All the gold bullion and currency reserves in the country? Yup, definitely a western style democracy.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Western 'democracy', as the post-Bush-Gore template indicates, is merely a Suggestion Box of pre-screened, pre-approved Candidates By, For and sometimes Of TPTB.

The voting exercise in the US, and now the EU, etc, is merely a "social convention", a "fire drill" of sorts, to keep the sheeple calmly grazing on decreed pastures.  Only when these sheep change their DNA, will they truly be free -- not when they change "pastures" or "shepherds".

Anusocracy's picture

" Only when these sheep change their DNA, will they truly be free"

I used to describe it as escaping Farmer Gene's pasture. Most sheep are perfectly content to be in and stay in the field. A small number are walking along the fence, looking at the open spaces beyond. Even fewer have found a breach in the fence and are now free.

Sadly, a change in brain structure is needed along with the DNA.

Abi Normal's picture

Pfffft, wake me up when the shooting starts.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

Thise pictures have to be fake. No Black Panthers standing around out front with billy clubs. We need to teach those losers how to have an election. Where's Rahm and the Chicago boys when we need them? 

Yoki's picture

info is readily accessible to those who do not speak Russian


you walked into that one slotmouth

caconhma's picture

This Crimean affair is Putin's desperate convulsion to save his political face. Putin hates and is afraid Russian people. His own bodyguards from Chechnia. Again, Putin is a mobster, a thief, and no statesman.

Putin was so busy with Sochi Olympics, he and his intelligence services totally missed the Ukrainian revolution. As for Crimea Peninsular, it has no fresh water, no energy sources, and no food to feed itself but it has a large military base. Until now, all Crimea supply came from Ukraine. Consequently, If Ukraine cut Crimea supply (and they definitely will) the Russia will have to supply Crimea by the see. It will not be either easy or cheap. 20% of Crimea population are Tatars who are Muslims and hate Russians.

Ukraine is a 45-million country. It has no army but Russia has just a 680,000 strong army and no strategic reserves. Yes, Russia has nukes but it cannot use them in Ukraine. Russia cannot afford to have a war on its own boarders. 

All Russia economy is built around selling oil and gas to EU and all oil and gas pipelines go to EU through Ukraine. Isn't it nice?


Ukraine is a geopolitical catastrophe for Putin's Russia and quite possible his own end. Putin's Russia has no friends and very many enemies. Putin has betrayed Russia and Russian people and he will pay for it very shortly.

Berspankme's picture

Should read "current sock puppet" in Kiev

Element's picture



"Wow this feed from ZH is off the Reuter and over 4 hours old, pls Tylers, could you do better if you tried? How about something original from a non-msm source?"

You could just cancel your zh paywall subscription and fuck off if you don't like the services you've paid so much of someone else's hard-earned money for, and which generates your contrived sense of license to complain like a petty little bitch all the time. Do you ever actually stop whining like a spoiled little sook, at any point? zh doesn't owe you one damned thing, not even your preferred version of the 'truth'.

Mincing little jerks like you sit around here for months or years getting entertained, informed, challenged, nearly cacking your pants laughing at least once every hour, at something you've read here. But then all of a sudden you spit-out your digital pacifier, and whine like sniveling little cunt at evil Tylers, for all the evil bastard acts performed by them, and how everyone else is responsible for your imaginary sense of deep grievances. All jerks using typical swappable troll pseudonyms like yours can go get stuffed, you're the internet version of a wallowing wino sitting in a puddle of urine and complaining about the rising damp and odor. Well, it's all you.

Don't like your own reactions to your own mind? Terrific! I understand completely. Fuck right off then. See if it's different anywhere else that you go. That'll be your little hint as to where the problem really resides.

swmnguy's picture

I hear you.  I found ZH in late summer 2008, and lurked for about a year before I decided to jump in.  I could go on and on with my beefs about the site and the community, but ZH is probably the site I visit the most frequently, and that's saying a lot.  Every so often I look through my bookmarks and consider other sites I've given up on over the years.  It's a mark of the real accomplishment this site has achieved that it's still relevant enough to have its infuriating aspects after 5+ years.  And the trolls, and just overwrought purist types, are an indication of that success as well.  If they didn't care, they wouldn't bother.

Yoki's picture

and how do u know this is not algo posting this msg


end of ZH psyops intro

new command

enter ZH with trolls, engage community, gain trust, and then

BURN the moth/er fuck/er down

skynet complete

send in the drones

 ROOF ROOF, burn biatch


Disclaimer: the above post is a figment of my imagination, thus it is fictional writing, and means no harm to anyone or any beings alive or dead.


Element's picture

yup, what you said, or what I imagined I said, not working too well though, have a look at zh's trend graph.