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The possibility of uniting the Jewish Autonomous Region and the Amur Region was not considered by the management of the EAO

In the Far East a dispute arose again about the unification of the Jewish Autonomous Region with another entity of the Far East. This time we are talking not about the Khabarovsk Territory, but about the Amur Region.

The topic began to be actively discussed in the media, after Oleg Kozhemyako's meeting with bloggers in the editorial office of the newspaper Amurskaya Pravda. It was about a possible change in the status of the region, namely its transformation into the Amur region.

Another no less significant information reason was the statement of the Head of the Center for Situational Analysis of the Russian Academy of Sciences Academician Yevgeny Primakov who called the existence of the Jewish Autonomous Region a "political anachronism."

As reported by EastRussia in the press service of the Jewish Autonomous Region, the initiative on the possibility of uniting the Jewish Autonomous Region and the Amur Region was not considered by the EAO leadership because the proposal does not come from the inhabitants of the regions. At the same time, only this possibility of unification presupposes Russian legislation.

In this regard, it is supposed to be important to recall the response of President Vladimir Putin to a journalist from the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug at a press conference in December 2014: "We have a federal law. There is no other way of uniting the subjects into one, except for the open expression of will of people who live in this territory, at a referendum or through (holding) decisions through the parliaments of the respective territories, does not exist ".

The governor of the Jewish Autonomous Region Alexander Vinnikov believes that the region should not lose its identity and its independence. "This is especially true today, when many investment projects are being implemented on our territory that create a good economic basis for the region's long-term development, the basis for further cultural and spiritual development of the region's residents is being strengthened, which facilitates the implementation of many public initiatives, including Jewish culture" - explained the head of the region EastRussia. 

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