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Under New Management: Rebranding Underway at Crimean Parliament

Workers remove sign that read "The High Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea."
Image: Crimea Recognised As Sovereign State By Putin
Workmen change the lettering on the parliament building in Simferopol, Crimea, on March 18, 2014.Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - Workers removed a sign at the entrance of the Crimean Parliament on Tuesday, not long after Crimean leaders endorsed a draft treaty with President Vladimir Putin that would make the region part of Russia.

The removed sign had read "The High Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea."

Crimea's parliament building in Simferopol on March 12, left, and on March 18, after the sign was removed.FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP - Getty Images; Ed Flanagan / NBC News