WOW WOW WOW. What a bunch of slime balls. Members of Parliament in Moscow have decided to move the 2018 presidential election to the date that President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move that the international community has NOT recognized. From The London Times:

The election had been due to take place on March 11 but it will now be held on March 18, the date when President Putin announced at a Kremlin ceremony in 2014 that Russia was unilaterally seizing the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine.

Observers say that the change is an attempt to capitalise on patriotic sentiment surrounding the annexation.

Russia’s presidential elections have been held in March since 2000, when Mr Putin was first elected. President Yeltsin had resigned on New Year’s Eve 1999, triggering elections that had to be conducted within three months.

Under current law, the election must be held on the second Sunday in March. However, two pro-Kremlin senators recently put forward a bill that would set elections a week later rather than a week earlier, as under current legislation, if the Sunday in question ends a week that includes a public holiday.

March 8, International Women’s Day, is a public holiday in Russia, so the election in 2018 will be put back from Sunday, March 11, to Sunday, March 18.

Andrei Klishas, one of the senators who put forward the initiative, made no secret of the fact that it was done to put the 2018 election on the Crimea anniversary, saying that the annexation had “wide public support”.

Crimea is Ukraine.