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Putin decrees to set up state commission on Crimea and Sevastopol

April 21, 2014, 15:14 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak was appointed to the post of the new commission's chairman
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MOSCOW, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday on the establishment of the state commission on the Social and Economic Development of the republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

The president also decreed to appoint Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak to the post of the chairman of the new state commission.

The Russian parliament has been ordered to pass the relevant bill on the new commission, which will be overseeing all issues concerning the social and economic development of Crimea and Sevastopol, within a one-month period.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he hoped that the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city with a special status on the Crimean Peninsula, will take an active part in the solution of priority tasks set for Russia.

Addressing a joint session of the Russian State Council and the Council for the Implementation of Priority National Projects and Demographic Policy, Putin introduced officials that will hold key administration posts in the new Russian entities.

In particular, Putin introduced Oleg Belaventsev, the presidential envoy to the Crimean Federal District, Sergey Aksyonov, the acting head of the Republic of Crimea, and Sergei Menyailo, the acting governor of Sevastopol.

“We hope that the new regions will take an active part in the solution of tasks facing Russia,” Putin said addressing the session.

The Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city with a special status on the Crimean Peninsula, where most residents are Russians, refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new Ukrainian authorities, brought to power amid riots after a coup in February.

Crimea and Sevastopol adopted declarations of independence on March 11. They held a referendum on March 16, in which 96.77% of Crimeans and 95.6% of Sevastopol voters chose to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. The voter turnout stood at 83.01% in Crimea and 89.5% in Sevastopol.

Putin signed the reunification deals March 18. The deals were subsequently approved by both houses of Russia's parliament, the State Duma and the Federation Council. On March 21, he signed the federal constitutional law on accession of two new constituent members to the Russian Federation - the Republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol.

Work to integrate the Crimean Peninsula into Russia’s economic, financial, credit, legal, state power, military conscription and infrastructure systems is actively underway now that Crimea has become part of Russia.

In the Soviet Union, Crimea used to be part of Russia until 1954, when it was gifted to Ukraine by Soviet Communist Party leader Nikita Khrushchev.

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