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Russian Duma members Evgeny Fedorov and Anton Roman have turned to Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika with a request to assess the legitimacy of the State Council of the USSR's decision to recognize the independence of the Baltic states in 1991.
Russian lawmakers question legitimacy of USSR State Council recognizing Baltic independence
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The lawmakers from the ruling United Russia party believe that the State Council was an unconstitutional authority, and its decisions caused "great damage to the sovereignty, security and defence capability of the country".

The State Council of the USSR was created in 1991, and during its first meeting recognized the independence of the three Baltic states.

In the letter, the Russian MPs claim that the State Council was an illegitimate authority.

The MPs go on to say that they interpret these decisions as "criminal acts and especially dangerous crimes against the state" and that they should be classified as treason.

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