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Jun 9, 2022
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Eastern Ukraine flees to Russia with acceleration

Vladimir Bidevka, chairman of the People’s Council of the DPR, spoke at a meeting of the State Duma on June 7. Thus began the working visit of the delegation of the Donetsk parliament to Moscow. It is necessary to ensure an accelerated bringing of the laws of the DPR to the Russian Federation. Bidevka did not mention voting on joining Russia, although the electoral right is now a priority. Information about the formats for joining Ukrainian regions to the Russian Federation comes in waves, which means that this is still propaganda. But it is precisely its effectiveness for the Kremlin that may turn out to be more important than the legal purity of future referendums.

Before speaking at the plenary session, the Donetsk guest met with State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin. In general, the delegation of the People’s Council of the DPR plans to work in Moscow for four days.

“Today we discussed a large number of issues that will be very important for us to resolve in order to help shape the legislation of the DPR in various areas. This is exactly what our colleagues asked us to do, so it is important that the relevant committees get involved in this work,” the speaker of the lower house explained. Deputies from the DPR really intend to visit all Duma committees and factions so that, according to Volodin, specific issues are resolved to the maximum.

In his speech, Bidyovka did not name the priorities of specific areas of legislation, however, from his references to the difficult eight years of the existence of the DPR, it was clear that these were primarily social and economic issues. The head of the DPR parliament during his stay on the Duma rostrum thanked President Vladimir Putin half a dozen times, and from the parliamentary factions he directly called only United Russia, saying only general thanks to the rest. In general, it turned out to be a parliamentary politician quite suitable for Russian realities, who, by the way, never once said the word “referendum” in a politically correct way, although this particular event is now considered the most acute issue in all the so-called liberated territories of Ukraine.

It is worth noting that, in general, the information support of this issue in the Russian media passes in some clearly visible waves. This most likely means that a targeted propaganda campaign is being carried out, although the introductory notes are regularly changed for it. And it’s just obvious that after the next meeting somewhere at the top, the paradigm can change to the opposite, discussions and all kinds of news gather around this, and then again silence for several days. For example, a week or two ago, representatives of, say, the military-civilian administration (CAA) of the Kherson region argued that their region did not need a referendum to join the Russian Federation. Say, we will correct the laws and submit a request for admission to the Kremlin.

However, on June 7, the usual source, each time initiating a new wave, – the deputy head of the Kherson VGA Kirill Stremousov, said that there would still be a referendum. But at the same time, he added that some elections to the legislative body would then be held. By what rules – Ukrainian or Russian – he did not specify. Most likely because he does not know this himself, but he was obliged to do the stuffing. At the same time, the idea of ​​referendums has also never reached the stage where answers to questions are heard – and according to what law? The fact is that such voting is not provided for in Russia, Ukrainian legislation requires a centralized decision on this matter. The same Kherson region could use the law of the Russian Federation on the procedure for joining other states or their parts, but again, either the consent of the former metropolis or the fact of sovereignty is needed there. Meanwhile, neither Kherson nor Zaporozhye regions, according to their current officials, do not want to become people’s republics.

Moreover, despite rumors that referendums are already being prepared for September 11 – a single voting day throughout Russia, on June 7 there were reports from Zaporozhye that they wanted to wait for the liberation of their own capital. The speaker of the Crimean parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov, also added uncertainty. “After the passage of denazification, the inhabitants of the liberated regions themselves will decide the question of their political future. If they vote for integration with Russia, then there will be Russia. If they want to make Novorossiya, there will be Novorossiya. They will choose independence for their region – so be it. But in any capacity, they will remain integral parts of the “Russian world,” he said. Most likely, this means that there is no final decision in the Kremlin, all options are being prepared, from which the President of the Russian Federation will choose one.

There is no doubt that Russia will act according to a single scenario, only one thing remains unclear. Will efforts be made to maximize the legal purity of the upcoming increment, or will priority be given to the propaganda effect? It is possible, by the way, that the annexation of these territories of Eastern Ukraine, including, of course, the DPR and LPR, will be declared a long-awaited victory.

Ivan Rodin

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