On November 11, the DPR and the LPR elected new heads and members of parliament. Already by 2 pm the turnout of Donetsk voters was 65.9%, and in Lugansk 56.5%. At the same time, the turnout in the presidential elections in Russia in 2018 was 67.54%. There was no intrigue in the elections – everyone agreed with the victory of Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik almost immediately after they became acting heads of republics. Residents of the DPR and LNR hope that these people will lead them to integrate with Russia, observers say.
Long before the elections, the OSCE, the European Union, the European Parliament, the USA, Canada and Ukraine announced their non-recognition. In their opinion, the election of government bodies in the self-proclaimed republics contradicts the Minsk agreements. But in Donetsk and Lugansk have a different opinion. In the end, the murder of Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky’s “resignation because of a concussion” were also not spelled out in the agreements, but the world did not turn over. The DPR and LPR remained without a relatively legitimate leadership, and to ensure the “restoration of the status quo”, according to the apt “Minsk” definition of Boris Gryzlov, Russia considered itself obliged.
The voting results were also known in advance. In particular, the uncontested leaders Leonid Pasechnik and Denis Pu-Shilin were determined, and social movements loyal to them put up closed lists of future deputies to the People’s Councils. However, on November 11, observers were still working in Donetsk and Lugansk. In the DPR, there were 48 people from 14 countries, and in the LPR – “more than 40 people” from 22 countries.
Elections were positioned as a new vote “for Russia!”.
On Sunday, the official media published a queue of 400 people at a polling station in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. This is the most frontal area of the city, the contact line begins in the field near the outer houses, people in the gardens of the “Ukrainian” Marinka are visible to the naked eye, and the situation at the front is heard hourly and distributed into three clear ranks – “quietly”, “small”, “mortars went “. Where they shoot, people are by definition active – they want change for the better especially sharply.
In the past couple of weeks, it rattled around the whole of Donetsk, not only at Petrovka, and opinion leaders vied with each other that the elections were extremely important for the legitimacy of the government, without which Kiev could go on the offensive at any moment. In addition, Pushilin announced a number of increases in public sector wages, lower prices, and so on. All this was supposed to raise his authority among voters.
In Donetsk, after the death of Zakharchenko, the system was destroyed, everyone feels and understands this. In particular, a full-fledged prime minister, who came from Russia, appeared in the self-proclaimed republic, large enterprises were re-registered to Vneshtorgservis, they began to talk much less about the war and more and more about the economy. In the new reality, no one remembers not only about the “march on Kiev”, but also about the “exit to the pre-war administrative borders of the republics”, too.
Most hope only that Moscow will provide sufficient economic assistance to get people out of poverty and devastation. It is not by chance that State Duma deputy from United Russia Andrei Kozenko, who arrived in Donetsk as an observer, said that a high voter turnout is evidence of their support for the course towards integration with Russia.

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