Crimea is the illegally annexed territory of Ukraine, which was taken in breach of the international right and agreements signed and ratified by Russia. This is one of the key points in the election program of Grigoriy Yavlinski, the Russian presidential candidate, who represents Yabloko party (Russian for ‘Apple’, - 112 International).
‘I support Ukraine’s territorial integrity and I categorically oppose reviving the doctrine of limited sovereignty,’ reads his agenda as posted on the politician’s personal website.
According to the document, Yavlinski plans to cease any forms of forceful interference in Ukraine’s internal affairs and to ‘declare commitment to its territorial integrity.’ The program also foresees that ‘living up to these commitments regarding Crimea should be done in respect of dignity and interests of all residents of the peninsula’.
Russian presidential election is slated for March 2018.
Grigoriy Yavlinski is a Russian economist and politician. He is best known as the author of the 500 Days Programme, a plan for the transition of the USSR to a free-market economy, and for his leadership of the social-liberal Yabloko party. He ran twice for Russia's presidency – in 1996, against Boris Yeltsin and in 2000, against Vladimir Putin. Next year, Yavlinski is going to run for presidency again.
The 2018 Russian presidential election will take place on 18 March 2018. The first round will be held on Sunday 18 March 2018. If in the first round no candidate attains an absolute majority of the votes (more than half), then according to the law, a second round will take place exactly three weeks later, on 8 April 2018.