Russia to cancel guarantee of rights for property acquired in 2008 in Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Russian court will decide on "controversial objects" "with the application of Ukrainian laws"
09:25, 3 May 2018

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The Ministry of Economy of the Russian Federation has published draft amendments to the law "On Adoption of the Republic of Crimea to the Russian Federation and formation of new entities in the Russian Federation." According to the amendments, the guarantees of preservation of real estate rights that appeared in Crimea after January 1, 2008, are cancelled. This was reported by the Kommersant.

The document states that the veracity of the purchasers of disputed objects will be checked by the Russian courts with the application of Ukrainian laws that were active at the time of purchase. Experts believe that the adoption of amendments will lead to a new wave of de-privatization on the peninsula.

Amendments were proposed on behalf of Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak. The version from 2014 guaranteed owners and users of real estate objects in Crimea their rights and documents issued by Ukrainian authorities were valid "without confirmation by federal and regional state bodies". Now the Ministry of Economy proposes to cancel these conditions for those objects that were purchased after January 1, 2008.

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As it was reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada documented presidential bill, which provides depriving of Ukrainian citizenship for voting in the so-called elections in annexed Crimea.

According to the proposed amendments, if a Crimean resident gets Russian passport after the annexation of the peninsula, it is regarded as if a Ukrainian receives another citizenship involuntarily. Yet, if Crimean resident participated in the so-called elections conducted by Russia on the territory of Crimea, it is considered as if a Ukrainian got another citizenship voluntary.

Besides, the participation in such elections is a reason to deprive of Ukrainian citizenship. This norm concerns all Ukrainian citizens who used a voting or another right provided by another citizenship.

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