The state Duma can soon consider the bill on rehabilitation of the Crimean people

The state Duma can soon consider the bill on rehabilitation of the Crimean people


In the days of the Ukrainian government fighters for reunification of the Peninsula with Russia were subjected to repressions. Today these people are still not removed a criminal record that prevents them to engage in teaching, to work in the civil service, because Russian law provides for these restrictions.

MOSCOW, 18 Jan. Duma deputies expect that the consideration of the bill on the rehabilitation of Crimea of victims of political repressions, victims of the Ukrainian authorities to the events of spring 2014, will accelerate the appeal of the head of Sevastopol Sergey meniailo to the Chairman of the state Duma Sergey Naryshkin. Themselves repressed just waiting for restoration of their civil rights, and political analysts have suggested expanding the boundaries of this law.

In the days of the Ukrainian government fighters for reunification of the Peninsula with Russia were subjected to repressions. Today these people are still not removed a criminal record that prevents them to engage in teaching, to stand for election to work in the civil service, because Russian law provides for these restrictions. The state Duma has developed a bill that allows to rehabilitate Crimean patriots.

The Governor of Sevastopol Sergey menyaylo has prepared an appeal to the Chairman of the state Duma Sergei Naryshkin with a request to assist in the adoption of this law. In the framework of the multimedia video bridge Moscow – Simferopol in MIA “Russia today” the Vice-Governor of Sevastopol Alexander Reshetnikov presented the journalists with the text of this appeal. According to Reshetnikova, he was planning to appeal Naryshkin to the end of the day on Monday.

Repressed Ukraine

Activist, convicted by a Ukrainian court for “separatism”, Mr Scrivener told how in 2008 he, being the Creator and permanent head of the Popular front “Sevastopol-Crimea-Russia”, has filed two lawsuits in the Ukrainian courts to demand the return of Crimea and Sevastopol under the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation and the abolition of the Ukrainian Constitution of the Peninsula.

When the trial entered its active phase, the SBU opened against Scrivener criminal case under article 110 of the criminal code of Ukraine “Encroachment on territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine”. In February 2011 he and his colleague were sentenced to three years in prison. As reported by Scrivener, the verdict is still not cancelled.

“The 31st of December I was fired from the Crimean Federal University, since to engage in teaching cannot be in the presence of a criminal record … I believe that without legislative procedure rehabilitation advocates for the reunification of the Crimea with Russia and will continue to be in obviously unequal conditions not only in the choice of teachers. I don’t have the right to run for representative bodies, not have the right to enter public service. And many other facts of defeat in civil rights,” said Scrivener during the multimedia video bridge Moscow – Simferopol in MIA “Russia today”.

According to him, in such circumstances, was at least two dozen people.

The incident can be resolved

“Unfortunately, in the Russian legislation there was no legal mechanism for the rehabilitation of political convicts by the verdict of the authorities of a foreign state. We are not talking about those convicted of economic and other crimes. As for political repression”, — said the Deputy of the state Duma Sergey Vostretsov

He explained that the bill represents the changes made by deputies to the law on rehabilitation of victims of political repressions in 1991. The amendments relate to the rehabilitation of Ukrainian victims of political repressions on the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol.

He is confident that the appeal of the head of Sevastopol to the Chairman of the state Duma Sergei Naryshkin with a request to assist in the adoption of the law on rehabilitation of Crimean residents, will accelerate the consideration of the bill. “Now, when the request from the government comes, these changes will be made,” said Vostretsov.

The law will need to expand

According to another participant of the teleconference, political scientist, co-founder of the Agency for strategic communications Oleg Bondarenko, the people convicted in Ukraine under article 110 “Violation of the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine” variety. And it is unfair that they were considered “ex-convicts with all restrictions imposed by law on people who were incarcerated in correctional institutions on the territory of Russia”.

“I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but today this bill concerns only Russian citizens who are in Crimea, but maybe in the future, it would make sense to spread it to all the people who have been convicted under article 110 of the Criminal code of Ukraine, because all these people, from the point of view of the Russian Federation, are the statesmen of Russia and patriots of Russia”, — said Bondarenko.

Bondarenko is sure that the Ukrainian courts sentenced for “separatism” in any case, cannot be prosecuted under the laws of the Russian Federation, and may be subject to restrictions such as prohibition to engage in teaching activities.

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