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Ukraine bans Russians from monitoring elections

An election observer of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) stands as electoral commission members count ballots at polling station in Kyiv. (AFP pic)KIEV: Ukrainian lawmakers on Thursday voted to ban Russians from monitoring a forthcoming presidential election, as tensions between the neighbours flare before the poll.
Kiev, fighting a Moscow-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine, has said it suspects Russia of planning to interfere in the election.
Lawmakers also voted to allocate around US$350 million (308 million euros) to the intelligence services to counter the perceived threat.
Thursday’s measure would block Russian nationals from taking part in international election-monitoring missions, …read more

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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