Russian oppositionist explained when and why Crimea will be returned to Ukraine

According to Kasparov, without the return of Crimea, Russia will not become a civilized state.Crimea will be returned to Ukraine - Kasparov / photo from UNIANCrimea will be returned to Ukraine – Kasparov / photo from UNIAN

The occupied Crimea will be returned to Ukraine after the collapse of the current regime headed by Vladimir Putin.

This opinion was expressed by the Russian opposition leader, founder of the Free Russia Forum Garry Kasparov, on the air of the Ukraine 24 TV channel .

He called the occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula one of the crimes of the Putin regime, which “must be replayed” by the new government in the Russian Federation.

“In my opinion, this is a fundamental condition for the return of Russia to the camp of civilized states that respect law, both domestic and international,” the oppositionist explained.

According to him, not everyone shares this point of view now. At the same time, he stated that the new government will have to solve a set of issues related to Ukraine.

“I cannot imagine how the issue of Crimea can be taken out of the brackets of Russia’s relations with the civilized world. There are things that need to be addressed. This is the issue of the annexation of Crimea, and, of course, the elimination of the hotbed of banditry in Donbass, and the extradition of war criminals to Ukraine, and most likely, some issues of reparations. This set of issues will take a long time. But in my opinion, the issue of Ukraine’s sovereignty over Crimea should be resolved immediately, “he said.

Occupation of Crimea by Russia

Russia occupied the Ukrainian Crimea, bringing its military to the peninsula and organizing a pseudo-referendum on its self-determination in March 2014. The self-proclaimed Crimean government said that 96.77% of the peninsula’s residents were in favor of the annexation of Crimea to the Russian Federation.

On March 18, 2014, the so-called “agreement” on the admission of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation was signed in the Kremlin.

Western countries did not recognize the annexation of Crimea and imposed sanctions against Russia.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea on February 20, 2014. Since the beginning of the occupation on the peninsula, more than 100 Ukrainians have become “prisoners of the Kremlin.”

Author: Yuri Godovan

(C)UNIAN 2021


  1. Gary is a great man. He was a close friend of Boris Nemtsov. In a civilized Russia, Gary and another mutual friend: Vladimir Kara-Murza, would be president and prime minister respectively.

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