Amid vote preparations in Ukraine’s Crimea, allegations of poll rigging, intimidation

By Pamela Constable, March 15, 2014

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Officials in the Crimean capital tried with mixed success Saturday to put a professional face on arrangements for the hastily planned referendum on joining Russia, and they shifted the tone of their message from overtly pro-Russian propaganda to messages and events that stressed the democratic legitimacy of the poll.

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