The law initiated by the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky on the indigenous peoples of Ukraine, in which Russians are not listed as such, was finally adopted by the Verkhovna Rada. On Thursday, 325 deputies voted for him, which is a constitutional majority. A minute before, the document was approved in the first reading by 331 votes.

” The draft act defines the concept of the indigenous people of Ukraine", according to which it is autochthonous (indigenous in origin-approx. TASS) an ethnic community that has formed on the territory of Ukraine, is a native speaker of an original language and culture, has traditional, social, cultural or representative bodies, recognizes itself as an indigenous people of Ukraine, is an ethnic minority in its population and does not have its own state education outside of Ukraine. According to this definition, the draft act proposes to establish that the Crimean Tatars, Karaites, Krymchaks are the indigenous peoples of Ukraine, ” the explanatory note to the document says.

This wording indicates that Russians in Ukraine cannot be considered an indigenous people.

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