SIMFEROPOL, February 26 – RIA Novosti. The head of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, said that the owner regularly pays for utility bills for real estate on the peninsula of the wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“I can say that Mr. Zelensky's wife is still the owner of property on the territory of the Republic of Crimea, there are no arrears on utility bills, so he pays the invaders in quotes actively, calmly. Nothing bothers him, well, he keeps (real estate) in that case if you have to ask for political asylum from us, “Aksyonov said on the air of the Russia 24 channel.
To the clarifying question of whether Zelensky's wife and he himself have an advantage in obtaining Russian citizenship as owners of real estate in Crimea, Aksenov said that it is unlikely.
“Only if he turns to Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin – ed.). He can, yes,” Aksenov said.
During the presidential campaign in Ukraine in 2019, the press service of Zelensky's headquarters reported that his wife Elena bought real estate in Crimea in accordance with Ukrainian law in April 2013 before the peninsula was returned to Russia. It is noted that after the purchase, all mandatory taxes and fees were paid, and the apartment was officially declared by Zelensky. This is an apartment in the village of Livadia in the Yalta region on the southern coast of Crimea. The headquarters noted that the Zelenskiy family intends to use this property “only after the mandatory return of Crimea to Ukraine.”
Crimea became a Russian region after a referendum was held there in March 2014, in which 96.77% of Crimean voters and 95.6% of Sevastopol residents spoke out in favor of joining Russia. Crimean authorities held a referendum following a coup d'etat in Ukraine in February 2014. Ukraine still considers Crimea to be its own, but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter, voted for reunification with Russia. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue is “finally closed.”