Russia's State Duma unhappy with Zelensky's bill on indigenous peoples /

Russia's State Duma has unanimously adopted a draft statement condemning the bill of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the indigenous peoples of Ukraine, since the document does not classify Russians as such peoples.

That's according to the Russian news agency TASS.

"The State Duma views the bill submitted by the Ukrainian president as an insult to historical memory and a new attempt to drive a wedge between Russians, Ukrainians and other native peoples of Ukraine," TASS quoted the document as saying.

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It is noted the State Duma also appeals to the Inter-Parliamentarian Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), parliamentarian assemblies of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the Council of Europe as well as parliaments of EU member states "with a call to castigate the attempt made in Ukraine to split its population into 'native' and 'non-native.'"

Zelensky's bill

  • On May 18, 2021, bill No. 5506 on the indigenous peoples of Ukraine was tabled by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in parliament as an urgent one.
  • The document defines "indigenous peoples," clearly separating them from ethnic national minorities, as well as defining the rights of such peoples (in particular, educational, linguistic or representative ones).
  • Thus, Russians, Hungarians or Romanians in Ukraine are national minorities since they have their own state outside the region of residence. At the same time, the Crimean Tatars, the Crimean Karaites and the Krymchaks are the indigenous peoples of Ukraine who were formed on the territory of the Crimean peninsula.