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Bill on Crimea’s illegitimate inclusion in Ukraine prepared in Russia — speaker

February 04, 2015, 14:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"This bill is a 'historical document for future generations', which will highlight the fact that already in 1954 an injustice was committed towards Crimea and Sevastopol," Valentina Matviyenko said
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View of the town of Balaklava near Sevastopol, Crimea

View of the town of Balaklava near Sevastopol, Crimea

© ITAR-TASS/Mikhail Pochuyev

MOSCOW, February 4. /TASS/. A bill on Crimea’s illegitimate transfer to Soviet Ukraine in 1954 has been prepared and is under the stage of a legal expert study, Speaker of the Federation Council (the upper house of Russia’s parliament) Valentina Matviyenko said on Wednesday.

"We have developed it and it is currently undergoing a legal expert study," she said in reply to a question put by TASS news agency.

If the law is passed, it will not have "any legal consequences," she added. "This bill is a 'historical document for future generations', which will highlight the fact that already in 1954 an injustice was committed towards Crimea and Sevastopol," she said.

The speaker of Russia’s upper house said she hoped the bill would be passed in the spring parliamentary session.

The Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city with a special status on the Crimean peninsula, where most residents are Russians, signed reunification deals with Russia on March 18 after a referendum two days earlier in which an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.

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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