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Venice Commission to prepare opinions on referendum in Crimea and Draft law on admitting new subjects into Russian Federation


Venice Commission: opinions on referendum in Crimea and Draft federal constitutional law of Russian Federation on admitting new subjects into Federation

Strasbourg, 10 March 2014 - By a letter of 7 March 2014, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, asked the Venice Commission to prepare two urgent opinions:


- on the compatibility with constitutional principles of the decision of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine to hold a referendum on becoming a constituent territory of the Russian Federation or restoring Crimea’s constitution of 1992, and


- on the compatibility with international law of the draft Federal Constitutional Law of the Russian Federation on “Amending the Federal Constitutional Law on the procedure of admission to the Russian Federation and creation of a new subject of the Russian Federation in its composition”.


Both opinions will be discussed at the forthcoming Plenary Session of the Venice Commission on 21-22 March, 2014. 


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