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January 20 – Day of the Republic of Crimea

Autonomous Republic of Crimea is located on the greater part of the peninsula of Crimea, which is located in the northern part of the Black Sea. In the Republic there are own symbols – the flag and coat of arms of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. The capital of Crimea – Simferopol city.

January 20, 1991 took place on Crimean referendum in which the majority of Crimean residents were in favor of the restoration of the Crimean autonomy (and that their will on the people of the Crimea have confirmed the All-Union referendum of 17 March 1991). This determined the status of Crimea as part of Ukraine (where the Republic then part), and the date itself was established as the Day of the Republic of Crimea, which is in the Republic of holidays and weekends (according to Art. 1 of the Law of the Republic of Crimea of ​​29 December 2014, N 55-SAM / 2014 “On holidays and anniversaries in the Republic of Crimea”).

Taking into account the will of the Crimean people, on February 12, 1991 the Supreme Soviet of the USSR adopted the Law “On the reconstruction of the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.” Article 1 of the Act states: “Restore the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic within the territory of the Crimean region within the Ukrainian SSR”.

According to the Law of the supreme organ of state power in the territory of the Crimean Autonomous Republic temporarily (until adoption of the Constitution of the Crimean Autonomous Republic and the establishment of the constitutional bodies of state power) has been recognized by the Crimean Regional Council of People’s Deputies.

During the period of general euphoria of sovereignty Crimea survived almost the entire world experience of state-building, including the presidential and parliamentary form of government and a period of stagnation – without the authority of the Constitution and not just find themselves on the brink of ethnic and social conflicts.

But residents of the Crimea had the wisdom not to overstep the line and from the point of view of common sense to establish constructive relations with the government, between governments, people of different nationalities, which was a prerequisite for social and economic development of the newly formed Autonomous Republic.

Traditionally, on this day of celebration with the Crimean leadership congratulates the Republic and all over the Crimea hosts various celebrations and events aimed at the education of all the inhabitants of the Crimea feelings of patriotism, love, and pride in his small home.

On 18 March 2014 the political status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea – the subject of the Russian Federation. Crimea on a par with the city of Sevastopol was a part of Russia. The corresponding document was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the leaders of the Crimea and Sevastopol Mayor.

And two days before 16 March, in the Crimea, a referendum was held, which were issued two questions: “Are you for the reunification of the Crimea with Russia on a subject of the Russian Federation?” And “Are you for the restoration of the Constitution of the Republic of Crimea in 1992 and the status of Crimea as part of Ukraine? “. 97% of voters voted for entry into the Russian Federation. March 17 Crimea was proclaimed a sovereign state – the Republic of Crimea – the Crimean authorities and appealed to the Russian Federation with a proposal accepted by the federation. What subsequently happened.

Although the Government of Ukraine does not accept the document, but in our country legally it is considered that the two new entities – Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city of federal significance – became part of Russia, in their territory the applicable Russian legislation.