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A leaked UN report indicating Russia compromised last month's referendum in Crimea is a complete fraud, representing propaganda undertaken for international purposes, eight-time presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche Jr. told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

MOSCOW, April 15 (RIA Novosti), Lyudmila Chernova - A leaked UN report indicating Russia compromised last month's referendum in Crimea is a complete fraud, representing propaganda undertaken for international purposes, eight-time presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche Jr. told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

"There is a certain game being played here, with the intention to get guilt placed on Russia for the launching of the world war," LaRouche claimed, adding that Ukraine is chiefly controlled by Nazis backed by the US, Britain and other parts of Europe, and this domination is headed toward a thermonuclear war.

"We are now in a provocation period ... with the Ukrainian people under a reign of fascist terror. The ruling forces there are well-known in the intelligence business as the product of the Nazi system of Adolf Hitler," LaRouche said.

The expert accused the US president of supporting Nazi groups in Ukraine, despite opposition to involvement from Americans. In March, LaRouche wrote an open letter to Congress calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama.

The UN draft report, published by Foreign Policy magazine last week, claims that Russia used propaganda, torture, and kidnappings to repress dissent and anti-Russian sentiment prior to the referendum.

The finalized version of the UN report will be released to the public during a presentation to the Security Council on Tuesday.

In February, the Ukrainian parliament backed by far-right movements ousted from power President Viktor Yanukovych, amended the constitution and scheduled an early presidential election for May 25.

Crimea, a predominantly ethnic Russian region, rejected the legitimacy of the new self-proclaimed Western-backed government, and moved to rejoin Russia after the government in Kiev introduced measures aimed against Russian-speakers in the country.

A referendum held on March 16 in the predominantly Russian peninsula saw almost 97 percent of voters support reunification with Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on March 21 to ratify reunification treaties with the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, which has a special status within the region.

Although widely denounced by the West, the referendum in Crimea was fully compliant with international law and must be recognized as legitimate, according to the Russian government.

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