Crimea’s parliament adopts Kremlin-backed constitution

Tatars wearing traditional costumes

(Reuters) – Crimean lawmakers adopted a new constitution on Friday, taking another step to cement the region’s absorption into Russia despite strong objections from the Muslim Tatar minority.

Pro-Moscow legislators are eager to complete the Black Sea peninsula’s integration into Russia and smooth over financial and legal difficulties that have left businesses in limbo since its break with Ukraine.

All 88 deputies present in the 100-seat legislature broke into applause and stood for the Russian national anthem after approving the constitution in the vote at a session ignored by dissenting lawmakers.