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As a result of the occupation of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation starting from 1 April, 2014 in Crimea and Sevastopol the Ukrainian legal environment was replaced by the Law of Russia

As a result of the occupation of the Crimean Peninsula  by  the  Russian  Federation  starting  from 1 April, 2014 in Crimea and Sevastopol the  Ukrainian legal environment was replaced by the Law  of Russia  (see  “The  Federal  Constitutional  Law  of  21.03.2014  No. 6  -FKZ  “On  acceptance  of  the Republic of Crimea into the Russian Federation and the creation of new  constituent  entities  of  the Russian Federation – the Republic of Crimea and the  Federal  City  of  Sevastopol”).  Therefore  the procedure for real estate transactions has changed and  now  it  is  necessary  to  re-register  all  real estate objects in accordance with the procedures in force in the Russian Federation.  This  applies to all   owners   who   possessed  real   property   on   the   Crimean   Peninsula    as    of    March    2014. Non-registration of real  property in accordance  with  the  Russian  procedure  prevents  the  further disposition of this property.  Those wishing to re-register the property formed long queues and thus the immediate disposition of real property,  which  would  be  recognized  by  the  authorities  of  the Russian Federation, was impossible.   The demand to register the property  is  in  its elf  an  interference  with  the  right  to  property  and  is qualified in Article 1 of the First Protocol as control over the use of property. Thus, this situation  may  be the subject-matter for complaint to the European Court.    The evaluation of potential complaints to the Court filed on these grounds can  be  made  in  terms  of existence of common  interest that could justify the introduction of such measures , as well  as  in  terms of the proportionality of the measures.  It is obvious that the assessment of these issues can be affected by  the  judgement  of  how  lawful  was  the  occupation  of  Crimea  and  Sevastopol   by   the   Russian Federation.

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