Unrecognized MPs: Crimean representatives in the State Duma

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Source : 112 Ukraine

At the "MPs" have their seats, but theit legitimacy is not recognized
10:07, 22 September 2016

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September 18, Crimea, along with other regions of Russia, has participated in elections to the State Duma, whose legitimacy is not recognized by a number of Western countries and the European Union. "Special" MPs from Crimea have already received their certificates.

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Four deputies were elected to the lower house of the Russian parliament in single-mandate districts (3 from Crimea and the 1 from Sevastopol). Let us see who are these people.

Fans of the Russian world, who ran for parliament in a single-seat constituency

Andriy Kozenko, 35 years old Simferopol district. He was born in Simferopol and has two higher education degrees in "Business Economics" and "Politics".

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He studied economic subjects in the Crimean Institute of Economics and Economic Law, and joined in the "Russian Community of Crimea" in 2001. He also was a member of youth public organizations of pro-Russian wing.

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Kozenko was the youngest deputy of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Supreme Council of the V convocation, he was a part of commissions on economic, fiscal, and tax policy; Science and Education; Culture, Youth and Sports; on interethnic relations and problems of deported citizens; Control Commission on Privatization.

In January 2009, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Also he participated in the riots May 9, 2011 in Lviv between far-right "Svoboda" members, police, and pro-Russian parties.

He has been actively supporting the annexation of Crimea, and April 7, 2014 became a member of the Putin’s party "United Russia".

In 2015, a year after the annexation of the peninsula, Kozenko was awarded with a medal "For the defense of the Republic of Crimea". On his official website, he promised voters "a good job with a decent salary, smooth roads, clean streets, beaches, and comfortable life for everyone."

Constantine Baharev, Kerch constituency; the former chief editor of "Crimean truth." He graduated from the Simferopol University named after Frunze, specialty "Russian language and literature," and then - the Academy of Management under the President of Ukraine.

The newspaper, led by him declared itself as "the newspaper not only for Russians, but for everyone who feels a part of the Russian world, its history and culture, who speaks and thinks in Russian." Just after the annexation of the peninsula, the newspaper praised the occupants.

Baharev was the first deputy chairman of the Supreme Council of Crimea, and after the illegal "referendum" and the annexation he became the vice-speaker of the "State Council of the Republic of Crimea" and a member of the "United Russia". For participation in the organization of "referendum" he was awarded the Order "For fidelity to duty."

Svetlana Savchenko, United Russia, Evpatoria, const№21 approved, born in 1965

She was born in the city of Belogorsk, graduated from the Simferopol University named after Frunze, history, teacher of history and social science. She worked as a history teacher in a school, and then was elected as a deputy of the Supreme Council of Crimea. In the spring of 2014, she supported the "referendum", and then became head of the "Committee of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea on culture and the protection of cultural heritage."

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Savchenko also received from the authorities of the Russian Federation Medal "For fidelity to duty." In her interviews, she called Crimea "Russian soul" and strongly endorsed the policies of President Vladimir Putin.

Dmitry Belik, Sevastopol constituency, born in 1969 in Yakutia. In his autobiography Belik pointed out that in 1987 he entered the Kemerovo State University on a specialty "Labour Economics" and received a degree in economics. Since 1989, he had been serving in the army in Kemerovo training and aviation center, where he specialized in "the pilot of the helicopter MI-2."


From 1995 to 2013, Belik served as a Director and the deputy director of Sevastopol private enterprise "Big-Crimea", a retailer of photographic, optical and precision equipment. In 2007, he opened a private school in Sevastopol, with in-depth study of foreign languages and subjects of theological cycle. The school also actively propagated the ideas of so-called "Russian world".

Belik was the deputy of the Sevastopol City Council of IV, V and VI convocations, took part in the separatist "congress of deputies of all levels of the southeast and center of Ukraine" in Severodonetsk. He was involved into numerous scandals with the land property and bribery.

Related: Canada does not recognize elections in Russian-occupied Crimea

In 2012, Belik ran for election to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, but later abandoned in favor of the nomination of a businessman Vadim Novinsky.

In 2013, Belik knocked the man by his car, threatened him, and then ran away from the place of crime.

In March 2014 he supported the self-proclaimed "people's mayor" of Sevastopol Alexei Chaly and was in charge of the urban economy, he was preparing a "referendum".

Party lists: Poklonskaya and two "deputy prime ministers"

The deputies of the State Duma, are likely to become "the first deputy prime minister," Mikhail Sheremet and "Deputy Prime Minister" Ruslan Balbec, as well as the "prosecutor of Crimea" Natalia Poklonskaya, but the final decision on this matter will be taken by the  General Council.

The most famous deputy of the future, of course, is "the prosecutor of Crimea" Natalia Poklonskaya.

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36-year-old Poklonskaya was appointed in March 2014, after the annexation of the peninsula.

Ukraine opened a criminal investigation against her for complicity in the actions of seizing power. March 26, 2014 Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine on behalf of the Government announced her wanted.

Related: US does not intend to recognize results of elections in occupied Crimea, - State Department

Poklonskaya initiated ban ofthe Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people and the recognized it as an extremist organization, prompting condemnation of UN and Ukraine.

She also gave the course of numerous lawsuits over the Crimean Tatars on charges of extremism and terrorism. In particular, September 7th four of the Crimean Tatars, accused of having links with a terrorist organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir", rendered guilty verdicts - 7 and 5 years old colony.

Poklonskaya is included in the sanctions list of the EU and the US.

"Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea" Mikhail Sheremet was born May 23, 1971 in the city of Dzhankoy, he graduated from Simferopol Higher Military - Political Academy, where he studied with Sergei Aksenov. The second higher education in the International Institute of Management, Business and Law in 1995.

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He started as a factory guard "Soyuz-Victan" and then became the deputy director of Simferopol car repair factory. As head of the Simferopol branch of the party "Russian unity", May 9, 2011 he also participated in the riots in Lviv.

In 2014, Sheremet headed the so-called "self-defense", later renamed the "people's militia" that supported the Russian army. "Militia" is suspected in the kidnapping and killing of Crimean Tatar Reshat Ametova, who came in the center of Simferopol on the picket against the annexation. Turning to the position of the first "vice-premier", Mikhail Sheremet became in charge of the power unit.

He is included in the sanctions list of the US and EU.

The State Duma, apparently, will meet another Crimean "Deputy Prime Minister" - 39-year-old native of Uzbekistan Ruslan Balbec.

He received a degree in economics in Tauride Institute of Business and Law in 2000. A year later, he finished Taurian National University named after Vernadsky, "Economist-manager".

From 2001 to 2003, he has been the director of travel company TEZ-Tour. Then held positions in various public organizations, in particular, to 2010 was assistant-consultant of the People's Deputy of Ukraine, and since 2011 headed the board of public organization "Generation" Crimea ", the opposition to Mejlis.

Balbec was convicted of embezzlement. In 2006, Balbec was recruited by Russian FSB to deeply divide the Crimean Tatar people.

Related: Elections in annexed Crimea: a legal trap for the West

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