Republican Party of Crimea

Republican Party of Crimea (Ukrainian: Республіканська партія Криму, Respublikanska partiya Krymu; Russian: Республиканская партия Крыма, Respublikanskaya partiya Kryma) was a regional separatist political party of Ukraine, that was created in 1992 based on the Republican Movement of Crimea and fought for the incorporation of Crimea into the Russian Federation.

Republican Party of Crimea
Республіканська партія Криму
Russian nameРеспубликанская партия Крыма
LeaderYuriy Meshkov
FoundedOctober 24, 1992 (31 years ago) (1992-10-24)
DissolvedApril 22, 1995[1]
Merged intoCivil Congress of Ukraine
IdeologyRussian nationalism

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The Republican Movement of Crimea (RDK) was founded in 1991 in the aftermath of the Ukrainian Declaration of Independence. Its goal was to revive the republican status of the region and its sovereignty.

It has been alleged that the movement was financed by the local company "Impeks-55"[2] and supported by a criminal gang "Bashmaki" (after its leader Bashmakov).[3][4] With the help of the Black Sea Fleet administration, in February 1992 the movement initiated gathering of signatures for a referendum for Crimea in the new Soviet Union.[2]

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