Russian occupiers in Crimea intend to be allowed to confiscate land plots from citizens

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Occupation authorities in Russia-annexed Crimea intend to amend some laws that will allow them confiscating land plots registered by Ukrainian authorities prior to Russian annexation of the peninsula.

Censor.NET reports citing Kommersant.

The newspaper is citing a letter of Crimea "leader" Sergey Aksenov to Deputy PM Dmitry Kozak and reports that the Crimean authorities propose amendments to the federal constitution bill regulating ownership of land and property registered prior to the annexation. The local "authorities" believe they are against the Russian legislation.

Kommersant reported the total land that might be confiscated is worth more than $1 billion. A Crimea official says Kozak gave an order in April 2017 to draft the amendments. Kozak and Aksenov's offices failed to comment.

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Member of Chisty Bereg. Krym NGO, lawyer Alexander Talipov says the Ukrainian state agencies indeed issued thousands of registration acts for land ownership in the peninsula which acts are a violation of the Ukrainian law. But if the occupation authorities of Crimea initiate the campaign, he says, it might lead to higher tensions in the region.

Lawyer Maxim Safiulin told Kommersant that a land plot could be confiscated by the state only by court ruling or with compensation of its worth. He says even if the law is amended, the confiscations probably would not be ubiquitous, for it might lead to lots of legal actions with the ECHR.

"Given the political context and increased attention of international community to exercise of rights and freedoms of the peninsula residents, such claims are extremely undesirable," Safiulin said.

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Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n440470