Opinion on «Whether Draft Federal constitutional Law No. 462741-6 on amending the Federal constitutional Law of the Russian Federation on the procedure of admission to the Russian Federation and creation of a new subject within the Russian Federation is

21 March 2014 The European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)

Following the adoption of the conclusion, the Council of Europe increased political pressure on Russia and, in fact, forced Russia to abandon the passing of this so-called «annexation bill.»

At the same time, the approaches applied by the Venice Commission in analyzing the bill indicate the unlawful nature of Russia’s actions during the so-called «accession» of the ARC and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation, and contributed to the formation of international legal discourse.