This would be funny if it wasn't so serious. I hope this comes back to bite Putin in the butt. I have news for the people that want their independence from Russia that is a door that only opens one way and that way is in not out. Putin will only acknowledge the results of a vote if its in his favor.For separatist groups in Dagestan, Tatarstan and other regions of Russia, the Kremlin's support of a referendum on independence in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula would seem to provide an opportunity for their own movements, which have long been repressed by Russian authorities.
The Kremlin, evidently, does not agree. President Vladimir Putin has long been a vocal opponent of regional separatist movements in Russia, having risen to power by waging a bloody war against rebels in Chechnya, and last year he signed into law a bill that stipulates prison time for those who make separatist appeals.
Crimea Vote Galvanizes Separatists in Russia | The Moscow Times