Turnout in Crimea's referendum reached 64 % by 3pm local time, according to referendum commission chief Mikhail Malyshev.
Malyshev, as cited by CNN, informed that no provocations at polling stations have been reported so far.
Residents of Crimea vote Sunday in a referendum on whether to split from Ukraine and join Russia.
Polling stations close at 8pm local time.
Some 1.5 million voters are eligible to take part in the ballot and the preliminary results are due late on Sunday.
The referendum is deemed illegitimate by the international community but Russia has insisted it will recognize the outcome of the vote.
LOL John, Russia assists countries in distress, yes, it needs to quietly integrate the crimea and have a good laugh over the stupid ineffective sanctions.
It will be interesting to see what happens in Scotland!!!!
Since Opimistic has such a good line into the Kremel, which country is Russia liberating next? After successfully converting the whole of the Ukraine. Why stop halfway.
The big US EU Sanctions are travel restrictions and asset freezes on 21 top Russian and Crimean Politicians.
It just goes to show how ineffective the EU US is, they are laughing in the Kremlin right now.
An American, the wealth of nations is complete crap.
You should try a book by an american writer John Reed Ten Days That Shook The World, the best book ever to come out of america.
Go have some tea, when are you guys going to close down your government again?
When will our government deliver what the people want which is a referendum on the question of Bulgaria joining Russia? I have no doubt that should we be given the option then the overwhelming majority would seek closer ties with our Russian friends and to cut loose from these fascist western pigs in the EU & US.
Self-impaler, I advise you to read the Wealth of Nations, not just Marx's commentary on it.
Right... Russia doesn't need America or European Union so they can do whatever they want with their sanctions.
Globalism is bad, Russia can stay on it's own. If people from Ukraine wants to join them, there is no problem doing so.
Strange how western news haven't reported Venices referendum yet... And how no ridicolous threats are made. Oh, why? There's already a nato base there!
Sudeten 1938, Crimea 2014 - "Peace in our times!"
We all know what followed (and what will follow...)
Less than one ruble; that is cheap! That's already less than 3 cents and getting less by the minute
To An American, I guess from your posts that you are a Tea Party Member.
I like the Tea Party, they fuck up America and it doesn't cost us a single Rouble, you guys keep up the great work.
.....;-)....one more riddle: Q: How do Gays masturbate? A: We shit on our hands and then give it a wank.
- 17 Mar 2014 // 11:14:22
Q: What does "IN GOD WE TRUST", on each dollar bill, mean?
A: It means that "they" DO NOT believe in Him.
Here's a riddle:
Q: What's worth 1 ruble today and nothing tomorrow?
A: The ruble.
It will never fall down. There will still be decent people in the world whom doesn't want to live in a heavily US influenced culture. The people of Crimea are one of them.
The Tea Party closed down the US Government last year.
A little song by Paul McCartney that I play a lot. It might cheer you up.