MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The statement on the State Duma's website said:
"To facilitate using transport means under the duty-free zone regulations in Russian inland waters and territorial sea along the Crimean peninsula's coast, it is proposed to include this territories in a special economic zone."
Russia adopted a federal law on Special Economic Zones in 2005 in a bid to attract domestic and foreign investment into regional infrastructure – industry, tourism, technology and ports – by offering tax and other benefits to businesses.
Crimea reunified with Russia after over 96 percent of the local population supported the move in a 2014 referendum following the coup in Kiev that toppled then President Viktor Yanukovych. Kiev, as well as the West, did not recognize the move.