The new part of our story makes a reference to an octopus as far as it is related not only with the sea animal of Cephalopoda with a body resembling a big sack and eight leg-tentacles but is also connected with the Italian-French-German TV series, which was popular in mid 1980-s, about Sicilian mafia.

From the first parts of our journalist investigation, the readers got a notion of the activity of a group of companies Yuvas controlled by the Narodytskyis, Kerch business family. However, the mere examination of the tentacles enwinding the oil-gas, ferry, ship-repair and other marine industries, and nothing else, except them, as well as other marine industries, will be incomplete without a reference to the sea sand in Crimea. There are a lot of publications on that issue but we managed to see something behind the scenes.

We suggest taking a close look at the letter of Sevastopol business society Yuzhmorservice. 

Ex facte, there is nothing interesting in that. Some Mr.Gafurov turned to Yuvas-Trans, asking them to continue the rent of the floating means of transport for another year. So what? He is not a client of the previously mentioned Sevastopol Sea Bank. So what? Who is he in comparison with the former Crimean leaders such as Leonid Hrach and Yuriy Meshkov?

Let us bring to mind that there were days when a pro-Russian Hrach was a member of the Military Board of the RF Black Sea Fleet. He was a pal of his former commander Volodymyr Petrovych Komoyedov, a Ukrainian native born in 1950.   Otherwise, the ‘famous naval commander’ Hrach would have never ever become a member of the Military Board.

At the same time, when the private smallholding of the Hrachs were at the helm in Crimea, several investment programs were realized on the peninsula under the aegis of the announced patronage from the Russian capital. Allegedly, Moscow mayor Yuriy Luzhkov carried the ball. The Ukrainian authority had even to recognise him as a persona non grata. Naturally, among the projects, there were exclusively social projects such as housing for the servicemen of the Black Sea Fleet. 

It sticks in our gizzard to return those gentlemen to Russia after all their service. They will be helpful for Ukraine. 

We remember about Leonid Hrach’s big construction business projects in Crimea, including those ones, in which the famous Russian businessman Ialanouzian was involved (see the part Azure Bay).  All those facilities, even those that are not sand castles, need a great amount of sand.

Among the Crimean ‘sand businessmen’, a well-known organized group of former Russian senior naval officers acted. Among them, ether were such people as Oleksiy Ihorovych Maziuk born in 1961, Oleh Yuriyovych Stiopin born in 1960, previously mentioned Tymur Yusupovych Gafurov born in 1958, and their family members who are still engaged in extracting the sand on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine.  

At that time, the Maziuks created their own ‘octopus’, i.e. a group of companies Suyesta. Oleksiy Maziuk, the former Black Sea Fleet commander, had a criminal protection racket of a high level, so he became the assistant of the people’s deputy. Later, he was appointed for the chief of the investment department of one of the boards at the State Management of Affairs. 

Then, Leonid Hrach’s influence and the influence of some other helpful acquaintances became weaker. Maziuk’s career at the Ukrainian state service ended up in his dismissal due to the incompetency (2005).  It is not a wonder at all that he was caught in stealing the land from the state under the cover of a generous purpose, i.e. the help for the disabled people. Otherwise, what else could explain and how could one provide the illegal alienation of such an expensive Crimean land? It is possible to do only by showing the compassion to those who became disabled during somebody’s line of duty for the defense of the Motherland.

Undoubtedly, the ‘disabled’ who were under Maziuk’s protection was in an urgent need of the land, a great amount of land, more than ten hectares of land, they had to come hell or high water to get a land lot at the seaside for yachting, beeches, construction and servicing the base of sand extraction and processing or in the protected areas and places with storages of mineral deposits, which would allow constructing the concrete plant and other similar objects.

The Maziuks were involved in the work of several tens of commercial companies, but we will pay attention to one of their rudimentary companies such as TOV Novyi Bereh. In the statutory documents, there were the following address and director’s name: 19 Marshal Helovani Street, Sevastopol, director T.Yu. Gafurov.     The reader seems to figure out what methods and ways were used in dealing with that Sevastopol citizen who ran several organizations of ‘veterans and disabled people’. The previously mentioned submariner of the Russian boat K-506, captain second rank in reserve Oleh Stiopin who lived in Helovani Street, in Sevastopol, some years ago, had close links with them. Many times, the people of Sevastopol had seen him and Oleksiy Maziuk in the business voyages. It was when they together rode in the car of the latter one, in Toyota with a license plate CH7334AE.

What sort of tentacles were connected to the octopuses head is a different matter as far as, in general, about fifty different companies were created at the coastline of Crimea to organize the extraction of sea sand. Those companies are being gradually shut down to avoid the liability and to hide the only scheme connected with sand use. In particular, that is obvious from the data base, which reflects the steady scheme of asset saving offered by the Russian legal company. The scheme itself was identified by the journalists-investigators and disclosed on the site   OPG.lt, in its direct relation with Sevastopol TOV Sanditermarine that is also involved in extracting the sea sand.

Let’s return to more famous tentacles. Taking into account, that the graduate of Kuban University Leonid Hrach was an active political person from communists, it is not a surprise for the reader to find the information on his supporting the political activity of admiral Komoyedov and the future election for the deputy of the Russian State Duma as a representative of the Communist Party as well as the occupied Sevastopol. Where else did Komoyedov get all the money for the elections?

That information is public and accessible under the title Entrepreneurs’ Financing the 2016-Election Campaign in the 219th Single-Seat County Constituency of the occupied Hero-City. Despite of trying to hide that tentacle, the candidate V.P. Komoyedov was under number 9 and received money from TOV Western Shelf, Yuzhecorazvedka, Sothern Terminal, and Sandintermarine. That information is mentioned in the official facts on the incomes for the election funds of the candidates and the things that money was spent for. That information was gathered on the basis of the data provided by the affiliated companies PAT RNKB. 

It is not use giving any extra explanations for the ecologists and the Crimean citizens who are not indifferent. They have heard much of those companies involved in the sea sand excavation in the Crimean vicinities for a long time.  The company Yuzhmorservice mentioned by us in the beginning of the article got a certificate allowing the company to sail under the Russian banner. The certificated was issued by the captain of the port Tuapse for the sand sucker Pechora. A little bit earlier, the owner of the ship was TOV House of Commerce Betonostroy. Though, to drive away all the doubts and reassure the reader that it is them who are to blame, we will provide a record card from an inspecting organization. It would be enough to pay attention to the electron address TOV Yuzhmorservice in the first section of that card. It writes [email protected]

We consider that any further questions will disappear.

As we have told you in the very beginning, there is a similarity between the events described in the article and the TV series Octopus. So, it is the right time to tell our readers about an interesting example mentioned in the popular book Spionage! by German writer and film writer Hans Berndorff . The book was written in the late 1920-s . It had been published over thirty times only in the first years. At that time, the day before World War I, the German military intelligence was very interested in the information on the Italian seacoast fortifications.

To expose the scheme of their construction, an office for advertisements was opened in Milan, in July 1914. It was copied out practically all the Italian newspapers and even country news-sheets. Anna Marie Lesser who was a  proprietress of that office (‘mademoiselle doctor’) carefully put the information from the newspaper advertisements of the military commandant’s offices on recruiting the personnel for the earthwork and concrete operations on the large-scale map of Italy al the day and night through. As a result, she made a map of Italian seacoast fortifications.

Let’s show the reader one of such interesting advertisements. One day, the Central Committee of the Armenian Communist Party expressed their protest against the illegal decision of the regional court of the occupied Crimea, which ordered ‘to abolish the registration of Leonid Hrach, the candidate for the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of the Crimean Republic’, under the invented pretence. The patient readers can guess why we told about Hrach’s business-partner Nazaret Ialanouzian. Though, he is oil industry worker, isn’t he? What does the sea sand have to do with that? 

We will tell you about that in the next part.