According to the prosecutor’s office of the AR of Crimea and Sevastopol, the so-called “general director” of the aggressor-controlled “enterprise” “Balaklava Mining Administration” has now been informed of a suspicion under part 4 of Article 240 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine for illegal mining of minerals of national importance on the occupied peninsula.

The prosecutor’s office reports that this citizen of Ukraine since 2011 held the position of director of the corresponding Ukrainian enterprise, and in 2014, with the beginning of the occupation of the peninsula, he not only “continued to work” at the enterprise seized by the occupying state, but was also “appointed as the general director.”

It is added that, despite the fact that the permits of the enterprise for the use of subsoil by the authorities of Ukraine were canceled, the extraction of resources actually continued to function.

The prosecutor’s office notes that from 2014 to 2020, the employees of the “enterprise” under the leadership of this person, without the appropriate permit and mining allotment, carried out illegal mining of limestone reserves in the territory of deposits located near the occupied Sevastopol, using special equipment using explosions.

As follows from open sources, the person indicated by the prosecutor’s office is Valery Nemchenko, and the main place of illegal limestone mining is the Psilerakh Quarry.

It is noteworthy that in 2020 Nemchenko was replaced in the “position of the general director” of the “enterprise” “Balaklava Mining Administration” by Vladislav Shmelkov, who until 2014 worked at the “Crimean Soda Plant”, and in the occupied Crimea became its fake “general director”, and the fake “deputy of the state council” of the Russian occupiers also.

In 2020, Shmelkov confirmed to journalists that the actual “beneficiary” of the Balaklava mining, seized in 2014, is Ashot Malkhasyan, a businessman from St. Petersburg, brother of oligarch Vadim Novinsky.