SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

A decree on allocating land plots to Crimea residents bears no relation to self-seized land plots, head of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov announced.

The announcement comes just few months after Aksyonov assured that Earlier that “the self-seized land plots would be legalized”.

“There will be no decision that all those who have seized land plots in Crimea will be given this plots; this issue is not even discussed. All the constructions, built on these land plots will be pulled down”- he said, adding that priority task for Crimean government is “to find out who in Crimea really needs the land”.

Head of Crimea has already ordered his deputy, Minister of Interior Politics, Information and Communication of Crimea Dmitriy Polonsky to determine the areas which will be allocated.

The process of allocating will be carried out by computer, in order to prevent corruption, Aksyonov explained.

The issue of self-seized plots is an issue of great importance for Crimean Tatars, who suffered from mass deportation by Stalin regime in 1944 and spent decades in exile in Middle Asia.

They gradually started returning in the early 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union, but still live as a minority in their homeland as they were displaced by ethnic Russian settlers who migrated there later on.

QHA