The council passed a law on indigenous peoples, which Putin criticized
The indigenous peoples of Ukraine on the territory of Crimea are defined as Crimean Tatars, Karaites and Crimean Tatars.
On Thursday, July 1, the Verkhovna Rada passed Presidential Bill № 5506 on the Indigenous Peoples of Ukraine, which, in turn, enshrines this status for the Crimean Tatar people.
The law was supported by 325 deputies.
In particular, the indigenous peoples of Ukraine on the territory of Crimea are defined as Crimean Tatars, Karaites and Crimean Tatars.
According to the document, the indigenous people are considered to be an ethnic minority that has formed on the territory of Ukraine, is a carrier of original culture and at the same time does not have its own state formation outside the country.
Indigenous peoples must be protected from deprivation of ethnicity, deprived of cultural property, evicted or forcibly removed from compact settlements, forcibly assimilated, and incited racial, ethnic or religious hatred against them.
Indigenous peoples are guaranteed cultural, educational, linguistic and informational rights. The law defines the status of representative bodies of indigenous peoples and the issue of international representation of indigenous peoples.
Earlier , Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the Ukrainian bill. The law does not even mention Ukrainians as indigenous peoples, but Putin emphasized that Russians were not considered indigenous.
“In itself, the division into indigenous, first-class categories of people, second-class and so on – this is exactly reminiscent of the theory and practice of Nazi Germany. And what about people with mixed blood? Zelensky himself is a Jew by nationality, I don’t know, he may have blood mixed there. What to do with these people? He is now, as in Nazi Germany will measure skulls and other body parts compass and determine there, real and unreal Aryans? “ – Putin mused.
Putin assured that he had read Zelensky’s bill and predicted “the departure of millions of Russians” from Ukraine.
Speaking about the fact that the Ukrainian bill on indigenous peoples does not mention Russians, Vladimir Putin also resorted to manipulative reflections on the history of Ukraine.
It is important that the Federal Law “On Guarantees of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Russian Federation” has been in force in Russia since 1999, and it has similar provisions to the Ukrainian bill. Russian law considers peoples to be small indigenous peoples, “living in the territories of the traditional settlement of their ancestors, preserving the traditional way of life, economic activity and crafts, numbering less than 50,000 people in the Russian Federation.”
Photo: press service of the Verkhovna Rada