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Defence Intelligence: In the occupied Mariupol, the majority of citizens are not going to participate in the so-called “referendum”


In the temporarily occupied Mariupol, small groups of local collaborators (mainly consisting of 2-3 women) continue to carry out the population census in all districts of the city. The purpose of such a “census” is to establish the real number of people who remained in the city.

These groups visit all apartments and private residences. During the census, they are required to provide personal documents with registration (registration). They also find out the whereabouts of their closest relatives. It is officially announced that they are establishing the whereabouts of people to provide them with light and gas.

In informal conversations, it is recognized that the majority of the surveyed population in occupied Mariupol refuses to participate in a possible “referendum” or does not directly answer the question of whether they will participate in the said event. According to their estimates, only about 5-7% of the respondents expressed their willingness to come to the “polling stations” and “vote”. The vast majority of citizens aged 45-70 remained in the city. According to the collaborators, they have a bitter attitude towards the Russian Federation and the representatives of the occupation administrations.

The “enumerators” also reported that although the census of the population and potential “voters” is still ongoing, the decision regarding the “referendum” itself and the date of its holding in the Kremlin has not been finalized. It is unlikely that it will take place, as announced, on September 11. On the contrary, currently, the occupying authorities of Mariupol are trying not to raise the topic of the “referendum” and are concentrating on PR actions to promote the results of work on “providing the population with social assistance, food products, and preparation for the winter period.”

In addition, it became known that from September 1, the occupiers would stop giving the surviving residents of Mariupol the so-called “humanitarian aid” – cheap sets of products (cereals, canned food), which allowed people to at least somehow overcome hunger and poverty. Low demand among Mariupol residents for obtaining Russian citizenship is indicated as one of the reasons for the decrease in “help”.