Russia has amended the law "On Martial Law", which, in particular, allows holding elections in the occupied territories and deporting residents.

This is stated in the relevant "law" of the Russian Federation. It has already been signed by Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

Thus, the law of the Russian Federation on martial law prescribed the possibility of "forced and controlled movement of citizens from the territory where martial law has been introduced to the territories where martial law has not been introduced."

The law also introduced the possibility of holding referendums and elections to state authorities and local self-government bodies, if the decision on them was made by the Central Election Commission "following consultations with the federal executive body that performs the functions of developing and implementing state policy, legal regulation in the field of defense, and the federal executive body."

According to the "law", elections can be held both throughout the territory where martial law has been introduced, and only in its part.

It should be noted that from October 20, 2022, the Russian Federation allegedly "introduced martial law" in the so-called "DPR" and "LPR", as well as in the occupied areas of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions.

Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the number of children illegally taken from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine to Russia could be much higher than 19 thousand, because there were at least 200 thousand Ukrainian children in the occupied regions.

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