Putin criticizes Zelensky's bill on "indigenous peoples"

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Putin, it is wrong to speak of the Russians as the "non-indigenous people" of Ukraine
23:16, 9 June 2021

RIA Novosti

Vladimir Putin called Volodymyr Zelensky's bill on the indigenous peoples of Ukraine a "blow for the Russian people." This was reported by Ria Novosti.

According to Putin, it is wrong to speak of the Russians as the "non-indigenous people" of Ukraine.

"Ukraine is a product of the Soviet period. These territories were inhabited by people who considered themselves Russian and Orthodox. The division into "indigenous" and "non-indigenous" is absolutely unacceptable, it resembles the theory and practice of Nazi Germany," the message says.

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According to Putin, the division into indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Ukraine could lead to people leaving. He also noted that, most likely, there will be no reaction in the world to the discriminatory law on the indigenous peoples of Ukraine. 

Putin added that he would consider writing a separate article on this topic.

On May 18, 2021, bill No. 5506 on the indigenous peoples of Ukraine was tabled by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in parliament as an urgent one.

The document defines "indigenous peoples," clearly separating them from ethnic national minorities, as well as defining the rights of such peoples (in particular, educational, linguistic or representative ones).

Thus, Russians, Hungarians or Romanians in Ukraine are national minorities since they have their own state outside the region of residence. At the same time, the Crimean Tatars, the Crimean Karaites and the Krymchaks are the indigenous peoples of Ukraine who were formed on the territory of the Crimean peninsula.

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