Crimean telegram-channels, controlled by the Russian special services, announced that the “administration” of Simferopol would soon become bankrupt, because it had nothing to pay regarding to the debt in 300 million rubles for buses “leased out” from a deeply subsidized “budget”. So the ingloriously end became to the attempt of the “head of Crimea” Sergei Aksyonov and of his associate Igor Lukashev to “launder” 568 million rubles to simulate the solution of the transport problems of Simferopol.

There is almost no economic activity in this story, and it demonstrates that even urban transport in the occupied Crimea is deeply politicized. “Leasing deliveries” of new city buses to Simferopol began after the company “SimCityTrans” of businessman Lenur Islyamov, who had been thoroughly investigated by “ARC”, was forcibly expelled from the market. As a result of the conflict between Islyamov, the Kremlin, and the clan of the “head of Crimea” Sergei Aksenov, the largest passenger carrier was banned from working in Simferopol. Subsequently, ambiguous events took place in the conflict with the emergence of backup firms [1], but at first the “managerial decisions” of the invaders provoked a transport collapse in Simferopol. After all, exactly the “SimCityTrans” minibuses served most of the city routes earlier. The “authorities” began to frantically solve the problem and decided instead of the expelled private business to organize transportation by “large-capacity municipal transport”. This fully fit into the approach, adopted in Russia itself, to stifle small and medium-sized entrepreneurs in order to seize their part of the market by state-owned enterprises.

Sergey Aksyonov and Igor Lukashev, the former militant of the “Saylem” gang, who headed the “administration” of Simferopol in 2017-2018, traditionally decided to make money on the redistribution of the market. Through the “Municipal Unitary Enterprise” “Goravtotrans” [2], established by the “Simferopol City Council” [2], they leased 97 buses from the Russian monopolist, Joint Stock Company “State Transport Leasing Company” [3] for 568 million rubles “in addition to the earlier received”.

Russian semi-official media reported that “money was allocated from the budget” [4] for the renewal of the bus fleet in Simferopol, and that “the equipment was delivered to Crimea”. Nobody noticed that something was initially unclean in this story, if only on the basis that on the official Russian market one “Liaz-5292” bus costs at least 8.6 million rubles [7], but at the same time Crimean “officials” managed to pull off a deal with Russian accomplices, based on which it follows, that each such bus came out to them 5.85 million rubles only.

However, the “officials” were able to cut millions and deal with “kickbacks”, but yesterday’s small racketeers of the “Saylem” group could not organize the work of city transport. By December 2020, the media invaders were outraged that out of 140 new buses received by Simferopol for the entire time, 68 were dismantled [4]. That is, the Simferopol “officials” not only profited from “leasing”, but also slowly dismantled and sold new equipment for spare parts.

Aksenov’s accomplice in this fraud, Igor Lukashev, suddenly “resigned” from the “mayor of Simferopol” a few days after the signing of the “leasing agreement”. Today the nominal “director” of the “Goravtotrans” structure is a certain Igor Dyukov, whom Aksenov, apparently, intended to make “guilty of multimillion-dollar crimes”. However, Dyukov did not express a desire to take “everything on himself” and said in the “prosecutor’s office” that he had been working for “Goravtotrans” from March 30, 2020 and had nothing to do with what had happened earlier [6]. Before Dyukov, the enterprise was headed by a certain Igor Titarenko, whose namesake Sergei Titarenko until March 2020 was the “deputy head” of the Simferopol “administration”, and both “officials” by the name of Titarenko “quit” in March 2020.

However, such primitive thimble techniques will unlikely help to a number of collaborators for avoiding the major troubles for “stealing out of order” on city buses. Today the Russian monopoly, the mentioned “State Transport Leasing Company”, is headed by Yevgeny Dietrich [5], the former Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation in the government of Dmitry Medvedev. It is unlikely that Dietrich will “forgive” the “administration” of Simferopol debt for 300 million rubles to be paid in March 2021, especially since 568 millions under the “lease agreement” were “mastered and sawed” not by him, but by his predecessors.

Thus, due to the greed and thievery of Sergei Aksyonov and his accomplices in Crimea, a loud political scandal flares up – the “administration” of Simferopol may “declare itself as a bankrupt”. Indeed, no one will simply give from an impoverished and deeply crisis-ridden Russian Federation 300 million rubles to the “winners’ team”, and traditionally, Aksyonov will not be able to “throw” a former influential official.






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