Ukrainian prosecutors opened a case against state Duma deputies from the Crimea

The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s office of Autonomous Republic of Crimea has opened a criminal case against the deputies of the State Duma, elected on the territory of Crimea. This is stated in the message published on the website of the Department.

The criminal proceedings initiated against the deputies who were on the list of “United Russia”, Ruslan Balbec, Mikhail Sheremet and Natalya Poklonskaya — as well as deputies from single-mandate districts: Constantine Bakhareva, Svetlana Savchenko, Dmitry Belik, and Andrew Kozenko. Proceedings are opened as regards 1 article 111 of the Criminal code of Ukraine — treason, which carries a penalty of imprisonment for a term of 10 to 15 years.

Ukraine considers Crimea its territory, which is illegally annexed by Russia.

September 20, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine stated that the elections to the State Duma of Russia are illegitimate because the vote in Crimea and Sevastopol. Accordingly, its newly elected seventh composition is also illegal, was spoken in the relevant resolution of the Parliament.

“The Verkhovna Rada does not recognize the legitimacy of the elections” to the Duma, as well as their results and legal consequences and, accordingly, the composition, powers, acts and decisions decided by the members of Parliament.

The Ukrainian Parliament appealed to the UN security Council and the UN General Assembly with an appeal not to recognize the legitimacy of the elections and its “composition, powers, acts and decisions”.

The next day after the elections, 19 September, the representative of the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini stated that the EU does not recognize the Russian parliamentary elections in the Crimea. “The European Union does not recognize illegal annexation by the Russian Federation of the Crimea and Sevastopol, and therefore does not recognize the elections in the Crimean Peninsula”, — emphasized in the message. In addition, the representative Mogherini noted that the observation mission of the OSCE ODIHR (Office for democratic institutions and human rights) and diplomats of the countries — members of the Union participated in monitoring the elections in Crimea and Sevastopol. “Support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine with the European Union remains unchanged,” he concluded.

Even before the election, September 17, the state Department issued a statement in which it stressed that the United States considers illegitimate elections in the state Duma, which will be held on the territory of Crimea and does not recognize their results. “Our position on Crimea is clear: the Peninsula remains an integral part of Ukraine. Anti-Russian sanctions in connection with accession of the Crimea, will not be lifted until Russia will regain control over the region to Ukraine”, — stated in the message.