Entered into force amendments to the Russian Constitution initiated by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, making the question of the return of the annexed Crimea to Ukraine even more difficult, said the editor of the publication “GORDON” Ales Batsman in the program “Time Golovanov” on TV channel “Ukraine is 24”.
“These amendments to the Russian Constitution sewn a very important story about Ukraine, notably Crimea. Because Putin is there establishes the status of Crimea so that the next President of Russia, whoever comes after Putin, it was even harder to return the Crimea to the rightful owner, that is Ukraine,” she said.
Amendment to article 67 of the Constitution establishes the rule that attempts to return the Crimea will be deemed unconstitutional. In the text of the amendment says: “the Russian Federation ensures the protection of its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Actions (with the exception of the delimitation, demarcation, redemarcation of the state border of the Russian Federation with contiguous States), aimed at the alienation of the territory of the Russian Federation, as well as calls for such actions are not allowed.”
Batsman added that Russian opposition politicians are not able to clearly speak on the topic of the Crimea.
“I’m not the first conversation you have with Russian opposition – a liberal, democratic, very anti-Putin minded people who love Ukraine and want to immediately return to Ukraine, the Donbass, to make Russia withdraw the military from there, equipment and so on. But 90% of these people broken on the subject of the Crimea. They say different things. Starting from the fact that “but the Crimea, you know, this story is more complicated, because there are already people, they need to hold a referendum first.” What is a referendum? Or they say that “well, it’s a complicated story, it’s been so long, people, but we need to make this territory as something from the point of view of collective management first”, and something else. Instead of saying Crimea was stolen from Ukraine, and this means that you need to any normal person who honors the law and the right to return to the owner, the owner, stolen, and most importantly, it is the first step, with which we begin – the Crimea should return home, because Ukraine is his house. As the Donbass. And on the topic of Crimea they break,” – said the journalist.
The editor of “Gordon” said that the Russian politician and human rights activist Lev Shlosberg has not yet published her interview also talked about the “difficulty” with the return of the Crimea.
“I Shlosberg Lev Markovich very argued. I told him that these talk about the fact that Crimea is a complicated story, and we should make sure to not started new blood, and so on – I told him that when you say it, you consciously or unconsciously bring grist to the mill of the policy pursued by Putin. You really help it because even among your admirers, the liberal-minded Russians, you put the idea that the crime committed by Putin, can be legitimized, can say good-bye, because time passed, the story changed. This, of course, upsets me,” she said.
According to Batman, in Russia there was only one opposition leader who was not afraid to talk about the Crimea by far.
“I personally knew only one person in Russia, a true leader, charismatic, who unequivocally understand what happened to Crimea: what you need to return it immediately. And what happened to the Donbass and that Ukraine and Russia is not elder brother and younger brother, it must be a civilized partner relations. This Is Boris Nemtsov. And he had the courage to say so. And all the others who call themselves liberal free policies in Russia, look back to the voter. And the Russian voters, he, unfortunately, sees no cause-and-effect relationships, and the majority does not bind the deterioration of life, which is now in Russia, not just when prices have fallen oil, but just got poorer and hungrier to live… Because Moscow and St. Petersburg – are other States, other galaxies, and the rest of Russia lives differently. So they do not attribute this to the fact that it was Crimea that was sanctions, sanctions become stronger, and that the story continues throughout the civilized world, many Russians, especially those who represent authority, become nerukopozhatnymi” she explained.
The journalist believes that because of this position of the Russian politicians the return of Crimea and Donbass to Ukraine will be long.
“It’s such a complex story, which, unfortunately, leads me to believe that we have prospects, how can we regain the Crimea and the Donbass, I think it’s just a game long-term. This is only to build a successful, prosperous Ukraine on the territory that we have, and wait. Wait until the historically formed circumstances, that the Crimea and Donbass, and want, and will be able to return home,” concluded Ales Batsman.
20 January 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted the draft law on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation to the state Duma. It was unanimously adopted in the first reading on 23 January and finally approved on March 14.
The adopted amendments, in particular, are forbidden to occupy the presidency more than two terms, and fix the priority of the Constitution over international law, as well as to expand the powers of the constitutional court. The state Duma of the Russian Federation also supported the amendment to abolish presidential terms of Putin that will allow him to remain in power after 2024, the end of his fourth presidential term. Thus, he can hold the office of President until 2036.
From 25 June to 1 July, Russia held a referendum, 77,92% of which supported the amendments voted against them of 21.27%.
July 3, Putin signed a decree that introduced a new version of the Russian Constitution. It entered into force on 4 July.