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Opinion polls in Crimea confirm results of last year’s referendum — Russian Duma speaker

March 16, 2015, 14:53 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russian lower house speaker Sergey Naryshkin called Crimea’s reunification with Russia one of the most important historic events of the century

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MOSCOW, March 16. /TASS/. The opinion polls in Crimea and Sevastopol carried out a year after the landmark referendum confirm the results of the last year’s plebiscite on the peninsula’s reunification with Russia, Russia’s lower house speaker Sergey Naryshkin said on Monday.

"There were no doubts that the expression of the will was in a credible and democratic way," Naryshkin told the meeting of the Council of Legislators, an advisory and consultative body at the Russian Federal Assembly.

Naryshkin stressed that Crimea’s reunification with Russia "was one of the most important historic events of the century."

The State Duma speaker said a number of tasks still need to be solved in Crimea, including supplies of certain goods, transport services, labor market and also difficulties with registering documents.

He added however that the transition period of Crimea’s integration into Russia is already over and will not be extended "so that the citizens of Crimea and Sevastopol start to feel like the full-fledged citizens of the country as soon as possible."

Naryshkin said that the legislators will continue the work on the integration of the new federal subjects to the Russian legal system.

A people’s referendum was held in Crimea on March 16, 2014, in which around 97% of people voted for reuniting with Russia. On March 18, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Crimea’s integration into Russia.

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