Russian parliament proposes to declare 1954 transfer of Crimea to Ukraine as 'invalid'


A bill to recognize the transfer of Crimea to the Ukrainian SSR in 1954 as ‘invalid’ was registered with the Russian Duma (parliament) on March 11.

The document seeks to declare the corresponding decree of the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union as null and void. It claims that the decision to transfer Crimea to the Ukrainian SSR was allegedly made in violation of the constitutions of the RSFSR (Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic) and the Soviet Union. Moreover, the authors of the bill contend that the decree “did not comply with the principles of the rule of law and international law.”

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Russian Senator Sergey Tsekov, one of the bill's sponsors, stated that the proposed law would enable Moscow "to communicate with reasonable countries, which regard Russia with respect, and explain what actually happened with Crimea in 1954."

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On Feb. 19, 1954, the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union transferred Crimea from the RSFSR to the Ukrainian SSR. The decree's rationale was explained by the "shared economy, territorial proximity, and close economic and cultural ties between the Crimean region and the Ukrainian SSR."

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