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Day 870: July 6, 2016
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Lombardy Becomes Third Italian Regional Council To Recognize Russian Annexation Of Crimea
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Italy's Il Giorno reports that the Regional Council of Lombardy has followed Veneto and Liguria in voting to recognize Russia's jurisdiction over the occupied Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

The newspaper says that the measure was passed yesterday with the backing of the far-right Lega Lord party, which has the most seats in the Council; Forza Italia; the nationalist Fratelli d'Italia; and the populist Movimento 5 Stelle. It was opposed by the Partito Democratico, which governs Italy, and the left-wing Patto Civico of Umberto Ambrosoli.

According to the text of the bill, the Council recognizes the "expressed will" of the Crimean people in the internationally-condemned referendum that took place after Russian troops took control of the peninsula in March 2014.  

The bill also commits the Council to push the national government for the "resumption of dialogue with the Russian Federation" in order to strengthen international security and fight terrorism, as well as to agitate for the lifting of sanctions and promote trade deals with Crimea.

The Regional Council in Veneto passed a similar resolution in May this year, followed by Liguria on June 29

In all three votes, the Lega Nord played the key role. 

Members of the party participated, alongside members of other fringe, extremist parties, as 'observers' in the Crimean referendum.

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Anton Shekhovtsov's blog

The illegitimate "referendum" in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which was held in this Ukrainian region at the gunpoint of Russian invaders on Sunday, has proven my point again.

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Jul 06, 2016 14:02 (GMT)

Their MEPs routinely vote in the Russian interest in European Parliament debates, and, with particular significance for yesterday's vote, the party established with Lombardy-Russia Cultural Association.

The state-owned Voice of Russia radio station (now restructured into Rossiya Segodnya) contributed to the founding of the Association, which sent a delegation to the International Russian Conservative Forum in Saint Petersburg last year, alongside some of Europe's most prominent neo-Nazis.

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Anton Shekhovtsov's blog

The Russian fascist Rodina (Motherland) party that was founded by Russia's current Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin is organising a large conference titled "International Russian Conservative Forum" (IRCF) to be held in St. Petersburg on 22 March 2015. According to Kommersant's journalist Grigory Tumanov, the following European organisations are taking part in the conference: 1.

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Jul 06, 2016 14:11 (GMT)
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