We promised you to discuss the role of ‘a team of Russian businessmen’ on the terrain of Ukrainian Crimea, so we will tell you about the previously mentioned company Krymbolgaryugservice (EDRPOU 30480344).  As it was mentioned before the occupation, such famous ‘oil industry workers’ as Yu.O. Makhoshvili and N.M. Yalanuzian arrived in Crimea in 2013. At a time, N.V. Driomov also arrived but we will tell you later about his part.

As far as N.M. Yalanuzian was the first in Ukraine who turned up, let’s start to unravel a tangle from him. Over 20 years ago, businessman Nazaret Misakovych Yalanuzian who had business and assets in Russian, Malta, Cyprus, and other countries got a Ukrainian taxation number 1892717571 and registered in Ukraine at 20 Bielov Street, Myrne Village (a former Dzerzhynskyi state farm), Simferopol Region, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

After receiving the taxation number on 5th August 1999, he became a founder of TOV Krymbolgaryugservice on 20th August 1999. In their documents, the company mentioned the following legal address: 80 Radianska Street, townlet Simeyiz, Yalta 98680, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Now, under the jurisdiction of the RF, there is TOV Aquainvest acting since 31st October 2014, located at the same address, and marked with letter A, office 11. And TOV Krymaquaservice has been acting since 12th October 2014. It was marked as ‘Office 12’.  Both the enterprises were headed by manager Andriy Mykolaiovych Turlakov, general director of TOV Krymbolgaryugservice being under Ukrainian jurisdiction.

Moreover, N.M. Ialanouzian and his influential Russian colleagues established, supported, and actively used the personal relations with Leonid Ivanovych Hrach, former Head of the Crimean Verkhovna Rada in 1998-2002, the graduate of Kuban University in Krasnodar Krai, the RF, a pro-Russian communist politician, and the former member of the Military Council of the Black Sea Navy. L.I. Hrach was involved by the businessmen as they had a lucrative impulse and an intention to get the appropriate protection. They wanted Hrach to help them with forming and running the mentioned business entity.

Certainly, at that time, a direct personal participation of the Ukrainian statesman L.I. Hrach in a great Russian business project would be not very attractive, so they took advantage of his daughter Tatiana Leonidivna Yanaki-Hrach and Mykola Leontiyovych Yanaki. Leontiy Yanaki himself, who was Leonid Hrach’s old colleague and friend, is a person widely known in Crimea, too. 

After a while, not having any legal reasons, in spite of a categorical protest of Minister for the Crimean Architecture and Construction Policy as well as the protests of the population, the Ukrainian company Krymbolgaryugservice started the construction of the aqua-park Azure Bay in Simeyiz. It was opened before the start of the resort season in 2001. It was the first aqua-park on the Crimean terrain, which was called ‘our response’ to the construction of the aqua-park in Tuapse City. Strange as it may appear, the latter is also linked with Nazaret Yalanuzian. Taking into account the fact that Simeyiz is a resort place, which has been tolerant just to the guests belonging to the sexual minorities since post-Soviet times, the name for the Crimean aqua-park has also been chosen, perhaps, not by chance.   

General Director and co-owner of the company Krymbolgaryugservice Mykola Yanaki told at that time that the aqua-park in Yalta has the first unique facility in the CIS, and the aqua-park in Russian Tuapse is twice as smaller. At first the aqua-park was located on the area of 3.5 ha. And in two years, its territory was enlarged to 10 ha. Only the construction of the first stage development needed 4.5 mln. US dollars.

Though, there was a troublesome circumstance. By the moment of the start of the construction work, the construction permit for that object had not been received. According to Art. 29 of the effective Ukrainian Law on Planning and Building on the Territory, such a construction was declared to be unauthorized and, therefore, it did not allow receiving any appropriate normative documentation. 

Moreover, the Crimean public prosecutor’s office of that time made a presentation on the elimination of the legislation violation as far as the Village Council of Simeyiz issued two decisions under the same number and with the same date. The first document stated that they allotted 2 ha of land for the aqua-park while another document stated that 4 ha including the land with sanctuaries were allotted. The locals resented such impudence. 

At the second stage of the construction, a resonant conflict between the construction company and the representatives of the Crimean-Tatar community happened.  On 5th March 2004, as the Krymbolgaryugservice workers dismantled the temporary buildings of the Crimean Tatars, which were an obstacle for the construction, the representatives of the native people resisted the workers’ actions but were beaten by the Russian Cossacks from Kuban who were taken by N.M. Ialanouzian and disguised themselves as builders of Azure Bay. 

Later, some of those Cossacks turned out to be involved in the occupation of Crimea and acted in 2014 under the obvious control of the RF secret services. Long ago, in 2004, the Cossacks brought from Russia reported the camera crews of the TV-channels Inter and Channel 1 that it was the Crimean Tatars who allegedly hindered them and were armed with pickaxes and pieces of steel reinforcement. 

For that reason, they immediately commenced a criminal case acc. to P.2, Art. 296 of the UA CC Hooliganism Done by a Group of People. At the end of March, Kyiv Regional Court of Simferopol decided to arrest Kurtseyit Abdulayev who was a suspect who ‘masterminded beating the journalists in Simeyiz’.  Later, the Crimean Tatar participants of the events (‘Simeyiz group’) were convicted according to the united criminal case Koton-Simeyiz that was added with the materials on the fray in Simferopol café Koton. Due to the mass protests of the Crimea Tatar activists and as far as the human rights activists were indignant with that evidently untrue case; soon, all the people convicted acc. to the Koton-Simeyiz case were amnestied.  

After putting all who were most unpleased and interested out of the way with such tough methods, through the proxy Crimean officers of the law and judges, our familiar businessmen arranged some documents for the enlargement of the attraction. 

Both the Mass Media and officials such as the then Head of the Crimean Council of Ministers S.V. Kunitsyn emphasized the conflict that happened in Simeyiz on the 5th of March 2004 was provoked by the administration of the aqua-park of TOV Krymbolgaryugservice, who ‘…started the construction without any legal reasons’. All other things were the consequences’. ‘We warned Mykola Yanaki, director of the company, when he secluded the territory with the fence. We told him not to do that’, Mr. Kunitsyn said and added that working as Commander of the Civil Defense of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, he signed the order to stop the construction to make the revision of the licensing documents.

It is mentioning that the users of the social networks uttered the thoughts on the involvement of the group of people belonging to the above Cossacks from Azure Bay. The internet users reported on the alleged provocation that was initiated by the RF Consul General in Lviv, on 9th May 2011. That day, on the way to the military cemetery on the Hill of Glory, some unknown people took away a wreath with Russian symbols and trampled it. After that, Russian Consul General in Lviv Oleh Astakhov called it ‘the offence for the whole Russia’. ‘In full view of the law enforcement authorities, the government who organized those activity, the official representative of another country who is going to lay the wreath with state symbols on the V-Day, several dregs pull out the wreath from those who carry it, following after me, from my diplomats. They tear off the festive brown-and-black St. George’s ribbons and trample the wreath down’, he declared, adding that ‘the bastards ‘wiped the ground with Russia’. Though, none of the patriotic and nationalistic movement in Ukraine recognized themselves liable for those events. The Russian consul has not turned to the officers of law for help. Such behavior gave reasons to assess the incident as a beforehand planned provocation.

Krymbolgaryugservice is aggressive. The company feel themselves unpunished not only because of the company’s founders, among whom there are the members of the family of one of the former Crimean executives, except Nazaret Yalanuzian and a group of Russian citizens. It was L.I. Hrach who contributed to receiving a budget project financing and also affirmed that several investors from Great Britain, Bulgaria, and the RF were allegedly involved for funding the aqua-park construction. In particular, according to the EDRPOU data, among the founders of TOV Krymbolgaryugservice, there is the company Tamela Ltd. registered in the VG off-shore area. The company is located in 1111 Post-Box, 3321 Drake Chambers Street, the Building of Commonwealth Trust Ltd., Road Town, Tortola, the Virgin Islands. The company possess a 90% investment in the statutory fund comprising UAH 15 570 000.00.

One could have rejoiced that such investments were left for the people of Crimea. Though, it turned out that such involvement was provided by siphoning the income off into the off-shore areas. N.M Yalanuzian the off-shore specialist known to us was busy with that. So, perhaps, it was him who’s to blame for all the affairs. We should not bring dishonor on Leonid Hrach, shouldn’t we? We can bring to mind that the first special project, in which Hrach participated, was creating the fund Moscow-Crimea. The supplies of the Russian gas were not a simple coincidence, were they? They accumulated large amounts of debt and provided tremendous incomes for those who were involved in the scheme. There were times when many publications were dedicated to the information on how gas was transformed into the construction materials, trip tickets, markets, and large sums of money. The publications told us where all that money were spent.   

However, we are interested in another story promoted by the Crimean journalists. Once, speaker of the Crimean parliament L.I. Hrach and the entrepreneur Henadiy Dolhopolov were treated in the same hospital. Soon after his recovery, H.Dolhopolov created the company Interbud (‘Inter-Story’ in Russian), which won the tender for the construction works on Lenin Square in Simferopol. That was an unusual victory as the company did not have any main means such as the construction equipment that was necessary for such organizations.

So, who was the initiator and ‘passionate tribune’ of the reconstruction? Of course, it was Leonid Hrach. The direct construction supervision from the Crimean Verkhovna Rada was carried out by Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Council of Ministers Lentun Bezaziev who was, at a time, Hrach’s right hand being responsible for the party activity. For the reconstruction of the square, they allotted 1 mln. and 200 thousand hryvnias from the Crimean budget. Soon, they found out that 420 thousand hryvnias of that sum disappeared without a trace. At first, that money was rather transferred onto the accounts of three Kyiv companies, which concluded the sub-contract agreements with Inter-Bud. Those were Harda, PSP-2000, and Telsint. According to some information, after that, the budget money was converted into the cash, and then it was gone. It was rather good, too. However, the off-shore is cooler, so let’s return to our story about Nazaret Ialanouzian.

To be continued…