Kremlin Investigating Legitimacy of Baltic Independence

Flags of the Soviet occupation on full display at a Russian neo-fascist rally in Toronto, Canada in May 2015.
The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has started an investigation into the legitimacy of the independence of the Baltic states after a request was submitted earlier this month by two Duma members belonging to Vladimir Putin’s United Russia.
Russia’s Interfax news agency quotes a source in the Russian Prosecutor Generals office saying that  “the decision to recognize the Baltic states’ independence is juridically harmful, because it was adopted by an unconstitutional body”. The source also added that the investigation would be similar to the one that the same office made regarding the status of Crimea, ruling recently that the 1954 decision to hand it over to the Ukrainian SSR was illegal.

Independence of the Baltic States was approved and granted by The State Council of the Soviet Union in August 1991. The body was established by Mikhail Gorbachev after the failed August 1991 coup d’etat and was the highest organ of state power until December 1991. The State Council formally recognized the independence of the Baltic states on September 6, 1991, one day after it was established.

The United Russia Deputies who requested the investigation suggested that the State Council itself was unconstitutional and its decisions illegitimate.

In their letter, the Deputies state that it was the State Council of the USSR that adopted the decision to recognize the independence of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which “discarded a large and strategically important part of the Soviet Union.”

The letter also says that the decisions of The State Council were “hugely damaging to the sovereignty, territorial integrity, national security and the Soviet Union’s defenses.” The letter referred to the decisions of The State Council as “criminal acts” and “especially dangerous state crimes” that qualify as treason.

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  1. says: Anthony Clifton

    There seems to be no limit in the amount of lunacy that is emanating from Russia these days. Not to long ago some Russian moron in their sad excuse for a national legislative body, the Duma wanted to start an investigation of whether the Apollo moon landings actually took place! Now they want to De-legitimize the independence of the Baltic States that the former Soviet Government officially acknowledged in 1991, talk about revisionist? All this is fundamentally the actions by a weak and corrupt dictatorship trying to be taken seriously but the more they stamp their feet and throw temper tantrums like this, the more they show the pathetic state of fascist Russia under it’s dictator Vladimir Putin.

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