Patrick Baab is a longtime editor at Norddeutscher Rundfunk - NDR Television and he was a lecturer in journalism at the University of Media, Communication, and Economics in Berlin. Following his alleged participation as an international observer in the sham referendum in territories occupied by Russia, the university terminated his employment contract. Baab claims he was in the occupied regions to do research as a journalist.
Individual Observers at the 2022 pseudo-referendum for the formal annexation of occupied territories of Luhansk to Russia
Institutional affiliation to Norddeutscher Rundfunk - NDR Television
Official function: Institutional affiliation to University of Media, Communication, and Economics in Berlin
Observers from Germany and Venezuela, Patrick Waab and Hanlisbert Velasco, who visited polling stations in Lugansk and Mariupol, confirmed the absolutely voluntary nature of the vote, calling it the main standard of expression of will. [Translated from Russian]
"We visited five polling stations in Lugansk. In a school, in a theater, in a bus and two outdoors. The three indoor stations complied with all international principles of free and secret ballot," [...] According to the German observer, voting at two out of three polling stations he visited in Mariupol also was in conformity with international standards and there were no polling booths at the outdoors polling station either.
''I'm not an official election observer. I'm researching for a book project," he told T-online. [Translated from German]