The approaching referendum in Crimea will restore historical justice and reunite the peninsula with Russia, Crimean Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Konstantinov said.
"We were given away as a gift in 1954 for unclear reasons, as a sack of potatoes, in disregard of rights of Crimean residents," Konstantinov told reporters in Moscow on Friday.
People took Crimea's transfer easier 50 years ago because it was not transferred to a different country, he said.
"It came to no good, the gift turned into something given," Konstantinov stressed. In the words of the Crimean parliament speaker, the "separatist" label was unfairly stuck to the autonomous republic in Ukraine.
"We were labeled as "separatists" no matter what we said. Although we were doing everything to preserve the country and warned that [the Kyiv events] would end up badly," Konstantinov said.
Crimean residents can restore historical justice and decide "where to live and with whom" at the referendum, he said.
"Another request - do not give us away as a gift again," the Crimean Supreme Council speaker said.
Voice of Russia, Interfax