Six years after illegally invading and annexing Crimea, Russia is to prohibit Ukrainians from owning their own land. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decree, dated March 20, prevents those he calls “foreigners” from owning land in most parts of the occupied peninsula. This effectively strips Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians who have not taken Russian citizenship of their land rights.
The decree makes amendments to a list of “coastal territories” to which “foreign nationals, stateless persons and foreign legal entities” cannot have land rights. The list includes most parts of occupied Crimea, except for three regions without access to the Black Sea