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Russian Law on Illegitimacy of Crimea Belonging to Ukraine May Be Passed in Spring

Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko
Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko

A Russian law on the legitimacy of Crimea becoming part of the Ukrainian Socialist Republic in 1954, while it was still part of the Soviet Union, may be passed during the upper parliament’s spring session, Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko said Tuesday.

“An analysis conducted by our lawyers on the 1954 decision to transfer the Crimean Region from the Russian Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Socialist Republic shows the illegitimacy of this forcible act that was taken with breaches of the then-active constitutions and legal procedures. Therefore, we have begun preparing a legislative project in the Federation Council that acknowledges the fact that the transfer of Crimea [to Ukraine] has no legal force or legitimate effect from the moment it was made,” Matvienko said.
She also stressed that accusations of Russia’s annexation of Crimea are illegitimate and unfounded.
According to Matvienko, during the transferal of Crimea to Ukraine in 1954, «the Constitution and laws were flagrantly violated.» She noted that the new law is intended to restore historical justice.
“There will be no consequences for Ukraine after the adoption of the law, as Crimea and Sevastopol are already part of Russian Federation,” she said.
In 1954, then-leader of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev transferred Crimea and Sevastopol from Russia to Ukraine, as both were part of the USSR. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Crimea remained part of Ukraine.
Crimean voters backed reunification with Russia by an overwhelming 96 percent majority in a referendum held on March 16. Russia’s reunification with its former republic led to the current political standoff between Moscow and largely pro-Kiev Western countries that have refused to acknowledge the vote’s legitimacy.
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