Orwellian Rulings of the Russian Constitutional Court on the Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia Provinces of Ukraine

Author: Sergii Masol
Published: 25.10.2022
With its historical denialism, Newspeak and propaganda, Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has given new life to George Orwell’s evocation of how political language can be used to obscure or misrepresent reality. Does the same hold true for legal language? On 30 September 2022, following the illegal pseudo-referenda organised by Russia in the occupied areas of the Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia provinces of Ukraine, President Putin attempted to illegally annex these provinces by signing four treaties with the Russian-installed governors. In accordance with the national legislation on the admission of a new subject to Russia (see here and here), the…