A Crimean MP suggested that such a move could serve as a “vaccine against Nazism”.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s former apartment in Crimea could be transformed into a museum dedicated to the fight against Nazism, according to a proposal put forward by the head of Crimea’s parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov.
Speaking on the Rossiya 24 television channel, the politician said such a move would be a good way to “vaccinate against Nazism for centuries to come” and serve as a warning of what may happen to “schemers who have gone too far.”
Konstantinov explained that it was unlikely that the property would ever be purchased by an ordinary family, because “no normal person could live there” as it would be similar to “buy Hitler’s apartment.”
He admitted, however, that the property, despite its ties to the Ukrainian leader and the resulting media hype, does not really constitute a notable asset for Zelensky. “This asset is perhaps more symbolic for him than truly valuable,” Konstantinov said, pointing out that while it might seem important to an average person, a billionaire would not find the property to be anything special.
The proposal comes after the leader of Crimea’s parliament announced that around 100 nationalized properties formerly belonging to Ukrainian oligarchs, businessmen and politicians with direct ties to the Kiev government or have become “hostile to Russia” would soon be sold at auction. Earlier this year, Konstantinov announced that more than 700 such properties had been nationalized by regional authorities.
Konstantinov also noted in a Telegram article on Saturday that eight of these estates had already been sold for more than 800 million rubles ($8.3 million) and said that Crimea’s anti-terrorism commission would continue to uncover the assets belonging to Ukrainian oligarchs.
“We will not allow these people who sponsor the murder of the Russian people and support the terrorist regime in kyiv to make money from our residents. And then we will transfer the properties to new decent owners,” Konstantinov wrote.
Crimea separated from Ukraine after the Western-backed Maidan coup in Kiev in 2014. The peninsula held a public referendum in which residents voted overwhelmingly to become part of Russia. kyiv and its Western supporters have continued to deny the legitimacy of this referendum and insist that the peninsula remains part of Ukraine.
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