Posted on Fort Russ
February 5, 2015
Translated by Kristina Rus
MEMORANDUM of Donetsk People’s Republic on the principles of state-building, political and historical continuity
We, members of the People’s Council of Donetsk People’s Republic of the first convocation, elected by universal democratic and free elections on November 2, 2014, taking into account the principles of international law, embodied in the Charter of the United Nations, proclaim the Memorandum on the principles of state-building, political and historical continuity.
Based on the will of the people of Donbass, expressed in the referendum of May 11, 2014, in the Act of the proclamation of state independence of Donetsk People’s Republic, the Declaration of Sovereignty of the Donetsk People’s Republic from April 7, 2014, understanding of the need for the progressive development of law-making and state-building process, we affirm the historical connection of the state formations of the Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic.
On February 12, 1918 at the IV Congress of Soviets of the Donetsk-Krivoy Rog basin based on the idea of economic integration created the Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Republic (DKR). At the outset of building of the multinational people’s state was Fyodor Sergeyev (Artyom). The Republic comprised of the territories of Kharkov and Ekaterinoslav governorate [Dnepropetrovsk], Krivorozhye of Kherson governorate [Kherson governorate included Odessa, Nikolaev, Kherson], part of the counties of Taurida governorate [Crimea and parts of southern Kherson region] and industrial areas of the Don Host Oblast.
Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Republic did not formally cease to exist, despite the German occupation, war and other social disasters. Its ideas lived on in the hearts and souls of millions of people.
In the late 80’s “International Donbass Movement” was created under the leadership of Dmitry Kornilov, which in 1991 raised the black-blue-and-red flag of the DKR. In March 1994 the people of Donbass called for the federal structure of the state. Federal trends were expressed at the Severodonetsk Congress in 2004, where a decision was made to hold a referendum in Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts on the issue of gaining the status of autonomous republics. Such attempts to reorganize the state were declared as criminal by the Kiev authorities. Popular protest resulted in the creation of a political movement “Donetsk Republic”. The people of Donbass finally confirmed their choice at the referendum of 2014.
We, members of the People’s Council of Donetsk People’s Republic, recognizing our responsibility to the past and paving the way to the future:
– declare the continuation of the traditions of Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Republic and declare that the state of Donetsk People’s Republic is its successor;
– call for cooperation and uniting efforts to build a federal state on a voluntary contractual bases of all the territories and lands, that were part of Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Republic.