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Bill to establish new commemorative date referred to State Duma RF

March 19, 2014, 22:46 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 19, /ITAR-TASS/. The proposal to make March 18 the new commemorative date, the day of reunification of Russia and Crimea, came from members of the Federation Council upper house of Russian parliament, Valery Ryazansky and Anton Belyakov, and deputy of the State Duma, Andrei Isayev, member of the United Russia faction. The bill to this effect, envisaging amendments to the federal law “On the Days of Military Glory and the Commemorative Dates in Russia” was submitted to the State Duma on Wednesday.

“This date is the day of signing the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Crimea on accepting the Republic of Crimea into the Russian Federation and establishing new entities within the Russian Federation,” says the memo to the document.

The authors of the bill noted that the referendum was conducted in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and in the city of Sevastopol on March 16 and that over 82 percent of voters took part in it. “The overwhelming majority, more than 96 percent, voted for unification with Russia. This decision was also supported by the absolute majority of citizens of the Russian Federation,” the memorandum says. Anton Belaykov, one of the authors of the bill, noted that “95 percent of respondents to surveys came out for Crimea joining Russia as a new constituent entity.”

“This day is equally important to residents of Crimea and of Russia as a united people with common history. The establishment of the new commemorative date, the Day of Reunification of Russia and Crimea, must become a symbol of a new, strong and united Russia,” Belyakov stressed.

“There will be no need to nullify, suspend, amend, supplement or stop the passage of acts of federal laws to pass the bill,” the memorandum says.

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