“Then comes a transitional period of about a year, or maybe three, maybe even five, I don’t know how the State Duma will vote for it, how the decision will be made by the leadership of Russia,” RIA Novosti reports Balitsky’s words.

He explained that in a year in the region "there will already be elective power in full."

September 27 is the final day of the referendum on joining Russia to the DPR, LPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions.