Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that bans non-Russian citizens from owning land in Russian-occupied Crimea back on March 20, 2020. That ban came into force this year on March 20.
According to the decree, Residents of Crimea who are not holding Russian citizenship were prohibited from owning lands. In several regions, lands of Ukrainian citizens who already had properties in Crimea before the Russian annexation of the peninsula will be seized by occupation power.
From now on, foreigners cannot own land in 19 out of 25 Crimean municipalities, including Yevpatoria, Kerch, Sudak and Yalta, as well as in 12 municipalities of Sevastopol. An exception was made only for Simferopol, Dzhankoy, Krasnoperekopsk, Belogorsky, Krasnogvardeisky and Pervomaisky regions of the peninsula.
Nearly 11,500 estates under risk
The de-facto authority "State Committee for Registration and Cadastre of the Republic of Crimea (Goskomregistr)" announced that 9,747 estates in the "border regions of Russia" belong to the citizens of Ukraine. The so-called Committee advises the owners of the estates to sell their properties either to Russian citizens or to Russian companies; otherwise, the lands would be forcefully bought by the Russian State.
According to occupying authorities, approximately 11,500 estates belong to foreigners in the Russian border regions of Crimea. In addition to Ukrainian citizens, they are owned by citizens of 55 states, including Belarus, Kazakhstan, Australia, Vietnam, Germany, Israel, Lithuania, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Syria.
The lands in the cities of Akmescit (Simferopol), Cankoy, Krasnoperekopsk, Kurman (Krasnogvardeyskoye), Curci (Pervomaysk) and Black Sea region (Belogorsk) are not included in the list.
Russian occupation of Crimea
On February 26, 2014, Ukrainian territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol were illegally annexed by the Russian Federation with military power.
On March 16, 2014, Russia held a so-called referendum on the status of Crimea on the occupied peninsula. Two days later, on March 18, 2014, the Kremlin signed the so-called Treaty on the Admission of the Republic of Crimea to the Russian Federation.
Most UN member states declared illegitimate the rigged Crimean referendum held by the invaders. All influential international organizations have declared the occupation and attempted annexation of the peninsula illegal and condemned Russia's actions. Also, a number of Western countries have imposed economic sanctions on Russia.