|Article Title||Will the Crimea Join Russia?|
|Source||Current Digest of the Russian Press, The , No.11, Vol.066, March 10, 2014, page(s):3-9|
|Place of Publication||Minneapolis, USA|
Will the Crimea Join Russia?
CRIMEAN SUPREME COUNCIL DECLARES REPUBLIC'S INDEPENDENCE, INTENTION TO BECOME PART OF RF; KIEV COURT AUTHORIZES ARRESTS OF TOP CRIMEAN LEADERS; SUPREME RADA ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF NATIONAL GUARD, MOBILIZATION OF RESERVISTS
KIEV WILL FIGHT FOR THE CRIMEA. (By Tatyana Ivzhenko. Nezavisimaya gazeta, March 12, 2014, p. 1. Condensed text:) The Crimean Supreme Council yesterday during an extraordinary session adopted a declaration of independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol. The document states that based on the results of a planned March 16 referendum, the Republic of Crimea, as an independent and sovereign state, will ask Russian authorities to include it as a new member of the Russian Federation. At the same time, Ukraine's Supreme Rada called the Crimean referendum illegal and urged Crimeans not to participate in it. A bill to dissolve the Crimean Supreme Council was submitted in the Ukrainian parliament.
Kiev has begun a battle with separatism. Some politicians and public activists were arrested over the weekend on suspicions of inciting the violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity. Among the detained is former Kharkov Province governor Mikhail Dobkin, who in February established the Ukrainian Front to protect Ukraine's eastern regions from aggression by EU rally activists [see Current Digest, Vol. 66, No. 7, pp. 3-7]. And after [ousted Ukrainian president] Viktor Yanukovich fled to Russia, [Dobkin] announced his intention to run for president of Ukraine in the May 25 election.
Late last week, Kiev's Shevchenkovsky Court issued a ruling on the arrest of Sergei Aksyonov, head of the Crimean Council of Ministers, and Vladimir Konstantinov, chairman of the autonomy's parliament, under a Ukrainian Criminal Code article on acts aimed at a violent change or overthrow of the constitutional order or seizure of state power. Yesterday, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office authorized the arrest of Konstantinov, Aksyonov, and former Ukrainian Navy commander Denis Berezovsky, who has sworn allegiance to Russia and the Crimea. The ...
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