The head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov said that the first step of the Peninsula on joining Russia was a referendum in 1991. His words convey the Rambler/news citing TASS.
“The January referendum (1991 – approx. The Rambler/news) and the proclamation of the Republic became the starting point of the modern Crimean history. In fact it was the first step towards the return of the Crimea to Russia”, – said Aksenov.
His statement he made on the occasion of Republic Day. In the 1991 referendum, 93% of the inhabitants of the Peninsula voted for the restoration of the Crimean autonomy within the Soviet Union. According to Aksenov, Crimeans, for the first time then 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”, — added Aksenov.
The reunification of the Crimea with Russia happened in March 2014 according to the results of the referendum. The question submitted to the referendum of 1991, read as follows: “You for a reconstruction of the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic as subject of USSR and participant of allied agreement?”. The Crimean Autonomous Soviet socialist Republic was established in 1921, the RSFSR. In 1945 it was transformed into the Crimean oblast, and in 1954 transferred to the Ukrainian SSR.