International Court of Justice (ICJ)
Kirill Gevorgian (Russian Federation)


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International Court of Justice

Ukraine v Russian Federation:

“Application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination”

Preliminary Opinion of Judge Kirill Gevorgian

On March 16, 2014, the citizens of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea conducted a referendum to vote whether or not Crimea should secede from Ukraine and become a federal subject of Russian Federation or to remain part of Ukraine, with the result of secession from Ukraine. The result of the referendum later sparked the rise of pro Russian separatists group in Eastern part of Ukraine, declaring independence as Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic. On July 17, 2014, Malaysian Airlines MH17 was flying over Ukrainian airspace when it was shot down from territories on the Eastern part of Ukraine with Russian-made 9N314M warhead. The use of Russian-made weapons on separatist territories is considered by many as signs of Russian support for the separatist groups in Eastern Ukraine. After the annexation of Crimea, the use of Ukrainian Language and the native tongue of the Crimean Tatar in education have reduced in Crimea, due to the removal of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar text books, and no new classes opening a Ukrainian or Crimean Tatar language based classes. Furthermore, the Supreme Court of the Crimean Repub...