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Putin signs law to stop Ukrainian hryvnia circulation in Crimea from June 1

May 27, 2014, 18:02 UTC+3 MOSCOW
After June 1, the Ukrainian hryvnia will have the status of a foreign currency in Crimea
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MOSCOW, May 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill that limits the term of the Ukrainian hryvnia circulation in Crimea and Sevastopol, former Ukrainian territories that have become part of Russia, by June 1, 2014.

The law signed by Putin amends the legislation on admitting Crimea and Sevastopol into Russia and forming two new Russian constituent members, which allowed for the simultaneous circulation of the Ukrainian hryvnia and the Russian ruble on these territories until January 1, 2016.

A decision, however, was made to reduce this term to June 1, 2014. After this date, the Ukrainian hryvnia will have the status of a foreign currency.

Before June 1, 2014, hryvnias will be exchanged for Russian rubles at the official exchange rate set by the Central Bank of Russia.

The same rule applies to payments of taxes, customs and other duties, payments to government extra-budgetary funds, payments of wages and salaries at budget-financed organizations and social benefit and other payments made in hryvnias.

After June 1, 2014, hryvnias will be exchanged for Russian rubles at the exchange rate set by credit institutions operating in Crimea and Sevastopol.

The law also reduces by one year the date of holding elections to the State Council (parliament) of the Republic of Crimea and the legislature of Sevastopol.

Under the document, the elections will be transferred from the second Sunday of September 2015 to the second Sunday of 2014 and will therefore be held on September 14, 2014.

The head of the Republic of Crimea and the governor of Sevastopol should be elected by the deputies of the local legislatures of the new convocation no later than December 2014.

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