Russia’s constitutional court sided with the resident of the Crimea Alexey Oleneva, who previously filed a complaint to the law on the inclusion of the Peninsula into the Russian Federation and recognition of the inhabitants of Crimea are Russian citizens. Thus, the court recognized, that the Crimeans, who had no permanent registration at the place of residence, have the right to obtain citizenship of the Russian Federation. This is the official website of the court.

This summer Olenev filed a complaint to the law “About acceptance to the Russian Federation Republic of Crimea and education in the Russian Federation new subjects – Republic of Crimea and city of Federal importance Sevastopol”. Then he stated that part 1 of article 4 of this law violates his constitutional rights.

Olen’ovo mentioned rule States that the citizens of Ukraine and stateless persons permanently residing on the territory of Crimea, guaranteed recognition by the citizens of Russia. Earlier it was reported that Oleneva refused to grant Russian citizenship due to the lack of residence registration in the Crimea, although in his arms there was a court decision confirming the fact of permanent residence.

In the decision the constitutional court stated that the act was constitutional, however, the presence of permanent residence, which is not confirmed by registration and must “be established on the basis of the totality of the evidence”. In addition, the court noted that the refusal Oleneva citizenship needs to be revised.

The provision of the law “About acceptance to the Russian Federation the Republic of Crimea” guarantees to citizens of Ukraine and stateless persons permanently residing in Crimea, the recognition of Russian citizens. If the residents of Crimea wanted to become Russian citizens, then they had the opportunity to file a petition to the competent authority within one month from the date of the legislative inclusion of the Crimea to Russia.

In March last year, the Chairman of the constitutional court Valery Zorkin joined the public polemics with the publicist and the lawyer Elena Lukyanova, who expressed complaints about the position of the COP relative to the annexation of Crimea.

According to Lukyanova, the constitutional court should not even have to accept the request of the President to the production, since the law on the constitutional court of the possibility of verification of an international Treaty provided only if the applicant does not consider it subject to introduction in action and application.

Ignoring the instructions on a number of legal conflicts arising when considering the compatibility with the Constitution of the Russian Federation the contract on accession of Crimea, Zorkin said that “Crimea is entirely ours”. He proposed to consider the Ukrainian crisis as the invasion of the “civilized barbarians” that are comparable with the Teutonic army or Napoleon’s invasion, which is carried out, including in the form of information fraud, “blatant brazen interpretations of law” and economic sanctions.

Recall, the Crimea became part of Russia after the March 2014 referendum. Ukraine does not recognize the results of the people’s will. In Kiev believe the annexation of Crimea an “occupation” in the West “annexation”, which was the reason for imposing sanctions on Russia.



The constitutional court recognized the right of the Crimean people without a residence permit for Russian citizenship 06.10.2016

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