Christelle Neant

Versions of names: Кристель Неант, Кристель Нэан, Néant Christelle

Christelle Neant is a French journalist. She has been living in the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic" since 2016 and obtained its citizenship. Christelle Neant works there in DONi International Press Center. She obtained Russian nationality in 2021.


Individual observers at the 2018 general elections in the unrecognised Donetsk People’s Republic

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Institutional affiliation to DONi International Press Center

Individual Observers at the 2022 pseudo-referendum for the formal annexation of occupied territories of Donetsk to Russia


Institutional affiliation to DONi International Press Center

French journalist Christelle Nehan, who visited the referendum in the Donetsk People's Republic, faced persecution in her homeland. She told a URA.RU correspondent about this. [Translated from Russian] (2023-09-15)

Corresponding elections

On 11 November 2018, the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, located within the internationally recognised borders of Ukraine, held “elections” to elect a head of the “republic” and members of its “parliament”. The overwhelming majority of the world’s nations does not recognise the sovereignty of the Donetsk People’s Republic, while international institutions such as the OSCE ODIHR considered “elections” there as illegitimate and did not send international election observers there.
From 23 to 27 September 2022, the Russian forces organised a sham election process - pseudo-referendum as a pretext for the formal annexation of the regions of occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson by Russia. The annexation of the four regions was announced on 30 September 2022.