The first step towards the return of the Crimea to Russia was the Crimean referendum of 1991, the head of the region Sergey Aksenov. The opinion he voiced at the meeting in honour of Republic Day, celebrated on Friday, January 20, reports TASS.
According to him, a referendum in which 93 percent of the residents voted to restore the Crimean autonomy within the Soviet Union, became “the starting point of modern Crimean history.”
Aksyonov stressed that the Crimean people for the first time had a “peaceful and organized” resistance “to the treacherous policy of the ruling elite”. “This policy has laid the basis for future conflict, which fire spread in the XXI century”, — said the head of the region.
Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 following a referendum. Kiev does not recognize the election results. In Moscow insist that the procedure conforms to the norms of international law.
January 20, 1991, was the first history of the Soviet Union a referendum in which the question was asked: “are You for the reconstruction of the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic as subject of USSR and participant of allied agreement?” According to the results of the Crimean ASSR was restored.
The Crimean Autonomous SSR was founded in 1921 in the RSFSR. In 1945 it was transformed into the Crimean oblast, and ten years later was transferred to the Ukrainian SSR.