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Lawmaker sees 'pause in Ukraine's legitimacy of state' amid massive rights violations

March 05, 2014, 18:25 UTC+3 MOCOW
Vladimir Pligin delivered a speech at a session of the task group analyzing legislative procedures and legal acts passed in Ukraine
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Vladimir Pligin

Vladimir Pligin

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MOCOW, March 05. /ITAR-TASS/. A senior Russian lawmaker said “a pause in legitimacy of the state” amid massive human rights violations has occurred in Ukraine.

“The key issue in analyzing the situation in Ukraine is the analysis of restoration of legitimacy of state authority. At present, the legitimacy of state has been put on hold amid mass violations of human rights and freedoms,” chairman of the committee on constitutional legislation and state development under the State Duma lower house of Russia's parliament Vladimir Pligin said on Wednesday.

He was speaking at a session of the task group analyzing legislative procedures and legal acts passed in Ukraine.

To restore the foundations of the state, it is necessary to focus on mutual recognition of rights, freedoms and values for various groups of the society, and identify the balance of interests and an authorization mechanism.

Pligin also called for launching a public and political discussion, restoring civil society institutions and legitimate approaches to amending the text of the Ukrainian Constitution, spelling out the rights of local self-rule in the regions and unquestionable restoration of the institution of free election in the conditions of free discussion.

State Duma lower house Speaker Sergei Naryshkin underlined that Russian lawmakers would not interfere in Ukraine’s affairs, but would offer independent and professional recommendations to its legislators, "members of one legal family" and working within the same system.

Naryshkin warned that “hasty and uncoordinated changes of the Constitution might result in further risks to Ukraine's stability and the welfare of its citizens”.

The importance of human life was paramount and recognition of it was the basis for all modern law, Naryshkin said, adding that “Ukraine's domestic conflict has already claimed lives”.

“Russia and Ukraine are members of one legal family,” the Speaker said. “Our countries’ legislation is formed within the same legal system: the system of continental law. Our course, our conclusions and recommendations will be clear to our colleagues.”

“I believe they'll be useful at least to those who would like to hear our independent and professional conclusions and recommendations.”

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