The invaders reported that the “auction” at which they were going to “sell” the “Priboy” recreation center in Koktebel for about a million dollars was declared “invalid”. Moscow firms of Dmytro Tabachnyk, the former Minister of Education of Ukraine, declared for the “auction”, could not “buy” this object. Difficulties with an attempt to seize the “Priboy” recreation center are just the tip of the iceberg of illegal economic activity of an entire business empire. It is associated with Dmytro Tabachnyk and Natalia Korolevska, as Mykola Azarov’s colleagues in the Ukrainian government of the Viktor Yanukovych period [1].

Earlier, journalists proved that brothers Mikhail and Dmytro Tabachnyk are directly related to the launch of a dairy industry cluster in Crimea. Equipment from third countries was imported for this with gross violations of the sanctions’ regime [2]. It is noteworthy that the “Head of Crimea” Sergey Aksyonov manually “killed” all local dairy enterprises for this project, precisely to “free up the market” for the Tabachnyks’ business.

In parallel, under the guise of “fighting against the African swine fever”, the invaders destroyed the local livestock breeding in the Crimea. The invaders also strangled many small farms with simpler “sanitation manuals” and “checks”. Thus, the Crimean food market was “stripped” of local products and given to the structures of the Krasnodar oligarch, the former Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Alexander Tkachev.

The Dmytro Tabachnyk’s structures became participants in Tkachev’s artificial monopoly. The invaders immediately provided them with volumes for sale in the Crimean chain of stores “ATB” seized by the structures of Tkachev, renamed by the invaders as “PUD” network. Probably, the project of prominent adherents of the “Russian world” was included in Tkachev’s monopoly also because Russia produces traditionally extremely low quality dairy products itself. This aroused the indignation of the Crimean residents, who were accustomed to the high Ukrainian quality of basic food products before the occupation.

Moreover, as Russian registers show, it is obvious that dozens of Crimean food enterprises become partner structures for Tkachev and Dmytro Tabachnyk. Their sphere of activity is much wider than dairy products. Former Russian Deputy Minister of Economic Development Konstantin Korolevsky is named as the leader of this empire. He is the brother of the current Ukrainian MP from the pro-Russian parliamentary party Natalia Korolevska, who worked with Tabachnyk in the Azarov government [3], [4], [5].

It is very likely that part of the money received by these organizations in Crimea is used to finance the promotion of the ideas of the “Russian world” in the territory of Ukraine controlled by Kiev. In a similar way, according to the Ukrainian authorities, the anti-Ukrainian television channels of Viktor Medvedchuk and his “squire” Taras Kozak were financed from the proceeds of the illegal coal mines of the occupied Donbass.

Thus, the invaders destroyed the local producers of Crimean products in order to give the market to the Krasnodar criminal empire of Tkachev and the structures of the followers of the “Russian world” from Ukraine. In particular, this was clearly done to make collaborators earn money in Crimea to finance anti-Ukrainian political and sabotage and subversive activities in Kiev.

Trying to develop this business structure, in 2021 Dmytro Tabachnyk, who spends a lot of time in the occupied Crimea [6], tried to “buy” a whole piece of the sea coast in Koktebel as the “Priboy” recreation center. This seizure for just a million dollars was possible because the center complex includes supporting infrastructure, beaches and coastal protection structures. [7] However, this object could be purchased on such “preferential terms” only by agreement with the top of the Russian feudal pyramid.

This was the second attempt by the odious specialists of the “Russian world” to seize objects in Koktebel as part of the “plunder of the loot”. Earlier, there was a scandal when the curator of the “republics of Donbass”, “deputy” of the State Duma Andrei Kozenko and his assistant Denis Volkov tried to seize the “Yakor” recreation center in Koktebel. For this, among other things, they forged “documents” in order to exclude their Moscow partners from the “business”, from whom they borrowed money for the first stages of that scam. When the fraud ended in a scandal, Denis Volkov went to Vietnam to wait out the storm. This approach of Mr. Volkov to his person testifies that for some reason Ukrainian law enforcement officers did not put this “prominent functionary” of the invaders, who personally stole and sawed Ukrainian ships for scrap metal, on the international wanted list.

The “lack of attention” of Ukrainian law enforcement officers to Volkov is probably connected with the activities of Dmytro Tabachnyk’s brother, Mikhail Tabachnyk. He continues to look after the economic interests of the “Russian world” in the territories controlled by Kiev. At the same time Tabachnyks’ and Korolevskies’ clans work together in Crimea not in the dairy market only. Among other things, through the aforementioned Konstantin Korolevsky, these clans are extremely likely to be related to the transnational post-Soviet fishery mafia [10], investigated by the “ARC” experts already [11].

This is also probably why the relatives of the People’s Deputy Natalia Korolevska have been trying to seize the coastal infrastructure of the peninsula for a long time. So, until 2017, the “Korolevkie’s people”, together with the aforementioned former “State Duma deputy assistant” Denis Volkov, then appointed by the occupiers as “director” of the Yalta port, tried to appropriate a plot of land at the cargo port terminal in Otradnoye near Yalta.

The possible purpose of the seizure of this territory was the development of a part of it with a complex of commercial high-rise buildings by the “Parallel” company, associated with the Korolevkie’s clan. That project was not implemented, since the cargo terminal of the seaport of Yalta was considered by “Deputy Prime Minister” Vitaly Nakhlupin [8] and by his partner, the commander of the “Crimean Spring” militants in Yalta, Vitaly Akhmetov, as their fiefdom. After Nakhlupin was imprisoned by the invaders for demanding an “excessively high” “kickback” from the friends of the Russian President Rotenbergs [8], and after Akhmetov was detained as part of the conflict of the Sergey Aksyonov’s clan for other “kickbacks”, from the “reconstruction” of the Yalta stadium “Avangard” [9], these “business processes” in the Yalta port were frozen.

According to our sources, due to the deep crisis in the Russian Federation itself and as a number of high-ranking functionaries are aware of the de-occupation of Crimea, many financial and economic projects are now being frozen on the peninsula. The failure of the “auction” at which Tabachnyk wanted to “buy” a recreation center with a private beach reflects the “crisis of interaction” between the Kremlin and key collaborators. This may be a symptom of a general weakening of the classical instruments and projects of the aggressor state’s influence on the Ukrainian direction through the Medvedchuks, Tabachnyks and Korolevskies.

Eugen Gaivoronsky