Crimean owners got a chance to return property

08 December 2017

The constitutional court has obliged the courts to consider claims of private owners, from whom the Crimean authorities seized the property under the law of the Crimea "On peculiarities of regulation of property and land relations on the territory of the Republic of Crimea". It would not be easy to restore their rights as the courts should assess the legality of their even registered rights to the disputed objects prior to accession of Crimea. Dmitry Shniger, an associate at Khrenov & Partners commented on the issue.

Dmitry notes that Russian courts have to assess the validity of transactions relying on the Ukrainian legislation at the relevant time. The expert considers it unlikely that the Russian courts have taken the liberty to assess the legitimacy of actions of the Ukrainian authorities, for example, on privatization of property.

The whole article in Russian is here