Open Call to Democratic Parliaments: Stop cooperating with Russian State Duma following illegal elections in Crimea

On 18 September 2016, the Russian authorities have held “parliamentary elections” on the territory of unlawfully occupied and illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol in breach of the international law, as well as in contravention of the UN General Assembly Resolution 68/262 and the Baku Declaration of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly that reaffirmed territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.

The Russian State Duma consists of 450 seats. Half of them are elected by proportional representation, and since the “elections” have been held in Crimea and Sevastopol, this half of the seats is elected illegitimately. The other half of the seats in the State Duma is elected in single-member constituencies, and four seats are “elected” in single-member districts in Crimea and Sevastopol, which makes these four seats illegitimate too. Thus, the absolute majority of the seats in the new Russian State Duma (229 out of 450) is illegitimate.

By holding parliamentary elections in Crimea and Sevastopol, the Russian authorities hoped to legitimise their annexation internationally. Ironically, by holding the elections in illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol, the Russian authorities have effectively delegitimised the Russian parliament internationally.

Therefore, we call on parliaments of democratic states to take following steps:

  1. Do not recognize the legitimacy of the State Duma.
  1. End all inter-parliamentary cooperation between national parliaments and the State Duma.
  1. Put on the sanctions list the four “winners” of the “elections” in the single-member districts in Crimea and Sevastopol.
  1. Put on the sanctions list the organizers of the “elections” in Crimea and Sevastopol.
  1. Call upon Russia to re-run parliamentary elections without holding them in Crimea or Sevastopol.

Authors:

  • Anton Shekhovtsov, Associate Fellow, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (Ukraine)
  • Jakub Janda, Head of Kremlin Watch Program & Deputy Director of European Values Think-Tank (Czech Republic)

Signatories:

  • Andreas Umland, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (Ukraine)
  • Nicolas  Tenzer , Chairman ,  CERAP,   editor   review, Le Banquet   Paris (France)
  • Vasile   Ciorici,  University of Coimbra (Portugal)
  • Oleg   Pasichnyi,  Ukrainian Migrants Network (Ukraine)
  • Kristjan  Valgur,  University of Tartu (Estonia)
  • MariAnna,   Warr  Sculptor & painter   Nice (France)
  • Emil A.  Souleimanov,  Charles University (Czech Republic)
  • ´Giesen  Anke,  OVGU Magdeburg (Germany)
  • Peter   Larsson,  Charles University (Czech Republic)
  • Igor  Reshetnyak,  EPFL (France)
  • Alya  Shandra,  Euromaidan Press (Ukraine)
  • Boris  Chykulay,  Forum of the Ukrainians in the Czech Republic, (Czech Republic)
  • Sophia  Isajiw,  Voices of Ukraine blog,   Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre (Canada)
  • Aniello  Verde,  Central European University (Hungary)
  • Oleksiy   Protas  Erint Labs OĂś (Estonia)
  • Van Herpen  Marcel H,  The Cicero Foundation (France)
  • Antonios  Xanthopoulos,  Tehnokommerts Ltd. (Ukraine)
  • Péter Krekó, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Political Capital Institute, Hungary
  • Yevhen   Fedchenko,  StopFake.org
  • Kamil  Basaj, Disinfo Digest
  • Elena  Karacharova,  Global Earth Liaison Services
  • Alex  Rees,  GFT ltd
  • Oksana  Lesniak
  • Olena  Kryvchenkova
  • Victor   Shevchenko
  • Dmytro  Smyrnov
  • G  Reitman
  • Radka   Hooper
  • Robert M  Maier
  • Fabio  D’Aleo
  • Laurynas  Dailide
  • Michael  Helmersson
  • Anton  Romashko
  • Ariana  Gic  Intersection
  • Michael  Boltze
  • Anton  Romashko
  • Anton  Romashko
  • Samuel  Sagel
  • Pawlo  Dlaboha
  • Konstantin  Kuortti
  • Xenia   Werner
  • Peter  Koller
  • Halya   Coynash