By occupying Crimea in 2014, Putin turned the Russian Federation into a neo-colonial era. But having lost already one “cold war”, Moscow for some reason has not at all learned from this the lessons it should learn. Having the largest state in the world in terms of territory, the Kremlin wants more and more foreign “new lands”. At the same time, being absolutely incapable of establishing order in the territories that Russia already has.
The collective West, since the occupation of the Crimean peninsula, has not bothered to impose enough necessary sanctions to force Putin’s crime syndicate to leave Ukrainian territory. Now, after the election of President John Biden in the United States, Putin began to feel anxiety, because all the crimes committed in Ukraine and the world will soon have to be paid in full.
However, in democracies they should understand that Russia, as a totalitarian dictatorship of one person, is much more dangerous for America and a united Europe than even the communist system of the USSR that preceded it. Because, in its later times, it had certain checks and balances of its own.
Dictator Putin can do whatever he wants absolutely uncontrollably. Constantly demonstrating that he acts only in his own interests, and not in the interests of his nation. This means that the consequences can be extremely destructive not only for the surrounding world, but also for the Russians themselves.
President Ronald Reagan’s policies were key to the collapse of communism, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of Moscow’s rule over the occupied “Soviet republics.” But the consequence of the political chaos and economic collapse that occurred in Russia was that instead of modern democracy, the Russian Federation quickly turned into a zone of continuous criminality on a huge scale, which professes the ideology of imperial chauvinism.
The imitation of the market economy during the time of President Boris Yeltsin only accelerated the sharp impoverishment of the Russian population, which, in turn, created the ideal preconditions for the ruthless kegebist Putin to come to power.
The result of this operation was that today most of Russia, with its 144 million people and nine time zones, is a “third world” state. Except perhaps the megalopolises of Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Criminals posing as “politicians” keep control over the Russian Federation by: managing the special services, police and military; constant rigging of elections at all levels; using the judicial system to punish critics and opponents of the current regime; managing a prison system that rarely frees a prisoner.
Putin’s government promotes its “brands”, both domestically and internationally, by: taking full control of television and the media; the elimination of political opponents and critics of the regime by the special services; creation of a total system of ideological penetration into the enemy’s information territory with the help of an army of paid “trolls” who pass off their opuses as the views of the local population, which supposedly supports and is delighted with Putin’s dictatorship; financing groups of hackers whose tasks are cyber hacks and illegal removal of information from computers and servers of Western states; developing, supporting and intimidating nuclear weapons.
We can say that Putin managed to give a new meaning to the term “Potemkin village”. He created a “Potemkin state” and believes that the world will believe and lead to this low-grade snag.
But in Russia they naively think that the West does not see the most vulnerable sides of the Putin regime, which is the export of trillions of dollars stolen from Russians abroad.
The search for all the “laundered” money hidden in offshores and in American, Swiss, German, British, French, Cypriot, Greek and other banks, wherever they are hidden, can bring destructive results for the Russian criminal group. In the event that these funds are seized and “frozen”.
The Americans can offer incentives to any country where Russian savings are located, in order to induce them to “freeze” all funds and withdraw all Russian assets. And also to seize all such assets in the United States. A blow to the dictatorial regime inflicted in this way is capable of fatally hitting Putin’s “wallets” and “accumulations” of his oligarchic entourage.
Putin and his accomplices must be completely blocked access to the funds that they stole from the Russian people, hid in Europe and the United States, enjoying them.
And in the event of the fall of the Putin regime, Ukraine needs to clearly think about what to do next after the de-occupation of Crimea. After all, the question of what to do with the population brought in by Putin from Russia will certainly arise at the moment of the return of the Ukrainian Crimea, so that they do not say in Moscow that this is “primordially Russian land.”
Moscow is massively resettling its citizens to this Ukrainian territory so that in the event of a second “referendum” in Crimea, its “Trojan population will vote for the desire to remain part of Russia.
But, firstly, according to the Geneva Convention of 1949, “an occupying state should not carry out the transfer or deportation of part of its civilian population to the territory it occupies.” Thus, the population that was brought into the Russian-occupied territory of the Ukrainian Crimea after the Russian troops does not have the right to stay in these territories after their liberation.
Secondly, none of the laws of Ukraine, including the Constitution, contain a word that after the seizure of its territories by force, it is possible to hold “referendums” on the alienation of these lands. All these are inventions of the Kremlin, which has invented its own “laws” for Ukrainians and is trying to legalize them at the international level.
It seems that the thought is ripening in the minds of Putin and his entourage that even after Russia leaves Crimea, Kiev will be unable to do anything with those whom Moscow has purposefully resettled to the Ukrainian peninsula all these years. They say that these people live in their apartments and houses that were built after 2014, this is their property and they are at home. Moreover, most of them have no housing in the Russian Federation for a long time and they simply have nowhere to go.
Putin has planted a time bomb for Ukraine in Crimea and thinks that through the UN and other influential international organizations Moscow will be able to defend the right for hundreds of thousands of civilian occupiers to remain in the de-occupied territory of Crimea after its liberation.
There is no doubt that in the process of de-occupation of Crimea, Moscow will appeal to humanity, humanism, human rights and sympathy for the “unfortunate Russians” who went to Crimea sincerely believing that they are going to one of the regions of the Russian Federation.
Kremlin propagandists will say from all TV screens that, they say, ordinary people are not to blame, they were told that they can move to warmer regions, and they moved. And if they are resettled by force, against their will, then it will be “genocide of the Russian people, which has not yet been seen in the 21st century,” and they will compare this situation with the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from Crimea in May 1944.
It is possible that all this will be voiced in other words, but the meaning of the Moscow messages will be the same – do not touch the citizens of Russia, they are at home and are not going to move anywhere. Meanwhile, according to Ukrainian laws, the resettlement of Russian citizens on the territory of Crimea is qualified as illegal entry into the territory of Ukraine.
What is fixed in Article 331. Illegal crossing of the state border of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine, which clearly states: “Crossing the state border of Ukraine in any way outside the checkpoints across the state border of Ukraine or at checkpoints across the state border of Ukraine, but without the appropriate documents or permission, is punished a fine of up to fifty non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens, or arrest for up to six months, or restraint of liberty for up to three years. “
Therefore, Russian citizens brought to Crimea must either leave Ukrainian territory or bear criminal responsibility, in accordance with Article 331.
Qualified and experienced Ukrainian international lawyers, with the help of lawyers from Ukraine’s partner countries, should now decide how, from a legal point of view, to resolve the issue of the illegitimate stay of Russian immigrants on the Ukrainian Crimean territory. And how to organize the return back to the Russian Federation of Russian citizens illegally settled in Crimea.
At the first stage of preparation for Ukraine’s solution of the problem of Russian migrants in Crimea, it is necessary to create an “International Commission on the illegal settlement of Russian citizens in Crimea by Russia.”
This could include lawyers not only from Ukraine, but also from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and representatives of a number of other countries that support the independence and sovereignty of the Ukrainian state.
Until this commission begins its work, it would be expedient now, on behalf of the state of Ukraine, to file a claim with the International Court of Justice in The Hague because of the illegal stay and settlement of citizens of the Russian Federation on the territory of the Ukrainian Crimea. In which to clearly identify the requirement to return all settlers back to Russia.
It is now very important for Ukraine to bring the issue of Russian settlers to the international level, since the occupation of Crimea by Russia has long gone beyond the purely Ukrainian problem.
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