The deputy speaker of the Crimean parliament has backed the idea of repealing the 1954 decree that made the peninsula part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, but noted that this would be unlikely to end “political games” over the issue.

“This idea has the right to live and probably we should implement it, simply for moral satisfaction, but Western nations would not see such a step on our part as a reason to stop their political games and rhetoric around Crimea,” Remzi Ilyasov told RIA Novosti.

The lawmaker noted, however, that in his view the fact that Crimea is now a part of the Russian Federation did not need to be proven to anybody. “This is a reality that cannot be discussed,” he said, adding that he saw the most important current objective as overcoming economic sanctions imposed on Crimean companies and officials by Western nations.

Ilyasov’s statement followed a statement by State Duma MP Konstantin Zatulin, who said earlier this week that Russia should repeal the 1954 decree of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, under which Crimea was made part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Soviet officials backed the move based on the territorial proximity and economic ties between the Crimean Region and the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
Senior Crimean lawmaker backs canceling Soviet decree which gave region to Ukraine

Konstantin Zatulin

He heads the Duma's committee for relations with other ex-Soviet republics in the Commonwealth of Independent States; and with Russian diasporas abroad.

Remzi Ilyasov (right)

He is the Deputy Speaker of the State Council of Crimea, the regional legislature; and also leads the pro-Russian Crimean Tatar organization "Qirim". The other man in the photo is Ruslan Balbek, also from "Qirim", another pro-Moscow Tatar, who was even arrested in 2011 for his activities against the pro-Kiev Mejlis leadership; but became Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea after the Russian takeover, and now is one of Crimea's representatives in the Duma in Moscow.

Anyway, both of Crimea's senators in the Russian Federation Council, Sergey Tsekov and Olga Kovitidi

also voiced today support for Zatulin's initiative.

Meanwhile, the Communist Party (whom many blame for handing Crimea over to Ukraine in the first place), is defending itself.

Stepan Kiskin, a well known Communist politician in Crimea

released a statement today, on behalf of the Party, where he says that it was after the Bolshevik Revolution that Crimea even received an autonomous status in the first place. He does acknowledge a "historic mistake" in 1954, by Khrushchev, but adds that, of course, at that time, Russia and Ukraine were very much one Soviet Union, and nobody could realistically foresee the two of them would go own ways in less than 50 years, and the Crimea would then become such a hot issue. So, it is not fair to bash them (the Communists), today, for this shit, in other words lol One could also add, I suppose, that it is thanks to Stalin's brutal expulsion of Crimean Tatars from the Peninsula that it's ethnic demographic composition changed so significantly as to be a big Russian majority by 2014. Certainly, before 1917, the Peninsula was overwhelmingly Muslim and Tatar. If that continued, it may even be a part of Turkey today

But, yeah, gonna watch this thing and see what happens. Not sure how the repeal of this decree would affect Crimea's status. The fact is, Russia did sign the Budapest Memorandum in 1994, where it did recognize the post-1991 borders of Ukraine, which included the Crimea, at that time. So, not sure what this means. But, we'll see.