“We dreamed about this for a hundred years”: the State Duma voted for reunification with four regions of Novorossia

The highlight of the program was the speech at the historic meeting of Sergei Lavrov

The highlight of the program was the speech at the historic meeting of Sergei Lavrov

A photo: Edward CHESNOKOV

We imagined everything in a different way. Ceremonial fireworks. Pathetic speeches. Like in Hollywood films about the signing of the US Declaration of Independence. But the meeting of the State Duma on October 3, 2022 on the admission of four new regions to Russia – passed somehow routinely. And this is good. After all, we do not have crackling chatter with “megaphone rights”, like our foreign partners, but compliance with state procedures.

However, the inhabitants of Okhotny Ryad on the eve of the historic meeting have no doubts: everyone will vote for reunification with the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.

By tradition, before the “plenary” – press approaches of the representatives of the factions:

“More than seven million people are waiting for the solution they have dreamed of for generations. Some say – “eight years”, others – “thirty years”. And we have been waiting for a hundred years, – says the United Russia deputy Victor Vodolatsky, referring to the inhabitants of Donbass, which, under the early Bolsheviks, was transferred to Ukraine.

Deputies are excited. They promise to rebuild kindergartens, schools, roads in the new subjects. And, of course, to raise agriculture on the local black soil.

Immediately – a clarification: Kherson and Zaporozhye as part of the Russian Federation will receive the status of regions, and Donetsk and Luhansk – people’s republics. For eight years they deserve it.

“We haven’t had such republics with the word “people’s” yet, and I’m very glad that they will appear,” the fair Russian is pleased Sergei Mironov.

And even the liberal-minded head of the New People Alexey Nechaev supports the Russians’ desire for reunification.

And now – at two o’clock in the afternoon the “plenary” begins. Below – deputies in the amount of 408 souls (some of the absent – on business trips or at the front). And we, journalists, are at the top. Like in the theatre, on the audience balcony.

Honored guest speaking Sergey Lavrov. “How are you feeling?” journalists catch him on the run. “But you don’t see it,” the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry replies. And – already publicly, from the pulpit – states:

“This is a logical continuation of the reunification of Russia with Crimea in 2014. The next eight years taught the Ukrainian regime nothing.

And voting!

– Colleagues, take a closer look! Such consolidation is extremely rare, – notes the Chairman of the State Duma Viacheslav Volodin. And indeed: all the systemic political forces of the country today have finally stopped the eternal dispute about Lenin-Stalin. And united for good.

Each of the new entities is voted on separately. Of course, everything is “for”! Unanimously!

And… everything. From today we have 89 subjects. Somehow I can’t even believe it. And the usual – already everyday – work of the Parliament continues. Now next in line is the synchronization of the laws of Russia and new territories. The process is invisible, the layman is not clear. Again, no advertising gibberish. But this is exactly what our Okhotny Ryad does every day. For example:

“If any of the residents of the new regions refuse to become Russian citizens, they will be granted a residence permit in the Russian Federation,” continuing the meeting, says the head of the Duma Committee on Legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov.

So for Novorossiya everything is just beginning. And for Russia too.

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