: Crimea becomes part of vast Southern federal district of Russia

14:19 Jul. 28, 2016

Crimea becomes part of vast Southern federal district of Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, walks with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev after plunging aboard a submersible craft into the Black Sea, in Sevastopol, Crimea, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. (AP Photo)

So-called governor of Sevastopol goes to Siberia

Russian President liquidates Crimea federal district. The occupied territory of Crimea and Sevastopol will be included in a bigger district together with Republic of Adygea, Republic of Kalmykia, Krasnodar Krai, Astrakhan, Volgograd and Rostov regions.

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Vladimir Putin signed the decree on dismissing the so-called governor of Sevastopol – Sergey Menyaylo. From now on, he will take up a post of Presidential Envoy to Siberia federal district.

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Menyaylo became the head of the occupied city of Sevastopol in April 2014, after annexing  the Crimea. He is notorious for advising Crimea Tatars "to explore territories very-very high in the mountains".

Crimea peninsula was seized from Ukraine by Russia in February 2014. 

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