Deputies of the Legislative Assembly of Sevastopol have awarded Russian President Vladimir Putin the title of "Honorary Citizen of Sevastopol." The corresponding decree was adopted today by the Legislative Assembly of the city.
Introducing the decree was Acting Chairman of the Legislative Assembly Ekaterina Altabaeva, who had this to say before reporters:
"The title of honorary citizen of Sevastopol is assigned to Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin for his great personal contribution to the establishment of the city of Sevastopol, and it’s status of federal significance in its entry into the Russian Federation.There is not one person in Sevastopol, who does not understand how great the role of the President of the Russian Federation was in our return to the Russian Federation. If the issue would not have been resolved as he dared to, the fate of Crimea and Sevastopol would probably be no less tragic than that of South-East Ukraine."
Deputies in the course of the discussion also opted for the title to be conferred up the ex-president of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, as honorary citizen of Sevastopol, but Altabaeva explained that it will be possible for him to receive his title, after the adoption of the law on municipal referendums. Honorary citizens of Sevastopol number some 40 people who have received this honor. Particularly famous Russians such as the iconic cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the adventurous and brave polar explorer, Ivan Papanin, and the legendary author of War & Peace, Leo Tolstoy have received this honor.
In compliment to his award of Honorary Citizen of Crimea from last year, the people of Sevastopol continue to show him their gratitude and respect by giving him this honorable status as a citizen in their city.