The Russian Ministry of Economic Development has announced the creation of “special administrative districts” in the occupied Crimea. These “districts” will “provide anonymity to investors” to avoid sanctions. It is reported that the participants of the “project” are invited to become Russian companies willing to insert 150 million rubles or more in “investment projects”. Such steps, done by the Russian occupiers, show that they consider their own businessmen to be extremely illiterate optimists.

This is a paradox, but the “economy” of the Russian Federation, which lives in total aggressive propaganda, is still built on the principles of relatively complete information and conditionally open data exchange. After all, any economic system will not be able to exist if it does not contain more or less clear algorithms that are mandatory for all its members. Closing business-related registers instantly distorts the principles of access to information and data exchange in the Russian economy, including the shadow economy. Accordingly, its very financial and economic matrix is collapsing. However, this process can be considered already conditionally launched due to the closure in the Russian Federation of data on the property of civil servants and law enforcement officers [1].

If in the Russian Federation there is no economy in normal understanding of this term, in Crimea the situation is even worse. In February 2014, the peninsula became a bandit financial laundry. Crimea’s “economy” is disconnected from global payment systems, from popular telecommunications services and applications. For almost seven years, the peninsula has been a criminogenic enclave in which annual “subventions” from the Russian federal budget are laundered manually, as well as $ 13 billion, stretched over several years, under the guise of a “federal target program for the development of Crimea and Sevastopol”.

Also money is being “scrolled” successfully in Crimea on the maintenance of the occupation corps and militarization. A tribute is collected from the population in the form of “taxes”, but the vast majority of entrepreneurs who managed to survive the occupation, pay tribute to “officials”, in cash and directly, minimizing “tax payments”. Even “medicine” in Crimea is a criminal financial laundry, a tool for raiding property and solving political and economic problems with the help of personal medical data. This has already been investigated by “ARC” experts in articles about “Krymmedstrakh” [2].

That is, from the point of view of the Russian half-shadow business, it is difficult to earn something with the help of the captured Crimea. Any “investment” there carries high risks and is unprofitable from the very beginning. We will remind that even the Russian businessmen who provided generators for the big sum during “blackout”, were “thrown on money”. And when they complained and demanded to return the generators and pay the rent, they were demonstratively persecuted by the FSB “for the extortion” [8].

Therefore, the “anonymous investment” project, if taken seriously, is in fact a primitive trap of the Russian secret services, in order to take away resources from those who may fall into it. After all, without registration in the Russian registers, it will be difficult for deceived businessmen to prove the facts of theft, raiding and other crimes. Attempts to file lawsuits for compensation against thieves in foreign instances have also been cut off because Crimea is under sanctions. In fact, to invest in the peninsula is offered under the “honest word” of the “head of the Crimea” Sergei Aksyonov, who has thirty years of criminal experience, and of his henchmen also.

At the same time, there are hundreds of examples of theft of “investments” by Crimean Russian “officials” during the years of occupation. Up to the point that such local “managers” did not neglect to elect even the influential figures in Russia. So, “the Head of the Crimea” Aksonov demanded 40 million dollars of “rollback” from Dmitry Purim, the director of “Sovfrakht”, for the permission to get winery “Novy Svet” which thus already in advance (and consciously for Aksonov) was “reserved” for Kovalchuks, good partners of the Russian President. Vitaliy Nakhlupin, a “deputy prime minister” from Makeyevka, voiced too much “kickback” to Rothenbergs, Russian President’s partners, on the construction of the “Tavrida” highway issues, for which Russian punitive officers sent Nakhlupin to a pre-trial detention center.

There are dozens of scandals, when collaborators and colonizers in the Crimea under the guise of “large investment projects” “scrolled” tens of millions of rubles through one-day firms with a share capital of 10 thousand, and then attributed the failures to “investors” and fictitious persons. If even the great Russian figures close to the Kremlin have faced gangster arbitrariness and difficulties in laundering criminal proceeds in Crimea, it makes no sense for the smaller ones to voluntarily throw money into a corruption dump, compared to which Dagestan and Chechnya are practically Switzerland.

And even Russians, who deliberately come to the Crimea to profit from crime, are no longer interested in the region. They know the history of the “elite housing project” “Morskoy Kvartal” in Yalta and Alushta. Which began with a pathetic advertising campaign led by the “Head of the Crimea” Sergei Aksyonov, and ended with hundreds of deceived shareholders and “investors”-shooters, who were sent to jail without much publicity.

The imitation of violent activity by the Russian Ministry of Economy hides the most important thing. The Kremlin cannot influence on sanctions lists for Crimea. Washington, Brussels and Kyiv are influential here, and, unfortunately, there are some dishonest officials in Ukraine also. With the connivance of such figures, for example, the German company “Veolia” works in the Crimea from the very beginning of the occupation [4]. And, seven years later, “quite unexpectedly” it turned out that there was a large shopping center “Southern Gallery” all this time in the Crimea, managed by the pro-Russian Estonian businessman Hilar Teder. And inter alia after the “ARC” publication [5] official Tallinn finally began to investigate his criminal activities. In Crimea, there is a stevedoring port “Avlita, which is attributed to Rinat Akhmetov, that is explained by the alleged agreements between the “authoritative Donetsk resident” and “people’s mayor” of Sevastopol Alexei Chaly, through his Sevastopol “gunman” Sergei Gradirovsky.

At the same time, Russians carefully hide the assets of their useful persons in Crimea without any “special administrative districts” and “legal mechanisms”. “ARC” has already written about the “Crimean adventures” of former Verkhovna Rada Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn [6] and former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov [7]. As for the Russian occupiers admitted to the Crimean financial laundry, they continue to travel around the world and do business with civilized countries. It happens because some officials in Kyiv, unfortunately, prefer to look at it through their fingers.

Therefore, the next statements of the Russians to circumvent the sanctions are not even funny. If this was done in order to divert the attention of the peninsula population from the water collapse and a series of man-made infrastructure accidents that covered the Crimea, then this problem is not solved. In fact, the occupiers are busy to imitate the work of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and to promote this imitation by their local propagandists.

Eugen Gaivoronsky