From the first days of the full-scale invasion, the fake occupying “authority” at the Crimean peninsula massively broadcast the main criminal narrative of Russian propaganda: “who does not support the special operation is against us.”

But anti-war sentiment in the occupied Crimea has become a significant problem for both local collaborators and the Kremlin.

The Russian occupiers threw all the forces of propagandists, punishers and local “officials” into the practical implementation of inciting “support for the special operation by the population”.

However, since the beginning of the war, a significant part of the Crimean residents have demonstrated their pro-Ukrainian position and opposed the destruction of the Ukrainian people by the Russian invaders. With each week and month of aggression, such sentiments on the occupied peninsula only become stronger.

Many Crimeans saw the real face of the Kremlin, which is ready to kill Ukrainians and destroy peaceful cities for the sake of chimerical imperial ambitions. Under such conditions, the Crimean collaborators, at the direction of the curators from Moscow, began to actively fight against the dissenting Crimean residents who did not support the actions of the aggressor in Ukraine. It is about the tools of such a criminal struggle, that is, repression for those who disagree, that is noted in this material.
The problem was studied by the experts of the Association of Reintegration of Crimea.

The numerous defeats of the Kremlin in Ukraine forced the whole world to talk about the de-occupation of the peninsula, which may happen in the near future. Moscow also “heard these statements,” and in response, the former vice-president of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, brazenly declared that an attempt to de-occupy Crimea is a reason to declare some kind of “full-fledged war” on Ukraine. How such a war differs from the current large-scale aggression, Medvedev, of course, could not clarify.

The Kremlin’s statements are being massively broadcast across the peninsula by key traitors seeking to outdo their Kremlin masters’ calls to crime. So recently Sergei Aksyonov criminally suggested that some of the Ukrainian prisoners of war be shot, and others “sent to the restoration of Donbass”.

He also promised humiliation for Ukrainian prisoners of war in the “Crimean colonies”. It is noteworthy that Aksyonov is not embarrassed by the fact that calls for such actions are war crimes and severe penalties are provided for by international law.

However, if the Russian invaders can temporarily hide such crimes and abuse of prisoners, then the repressions against the Crimean residents who condemned the aggression against Ukraine, are more difficult for the invaders to hide, as well as the role of the Crimean collaborators in this.

In particular, the aggressor statw has fallen into disfavor with a business whose representatives, according to the Crimean collaborators, “do not want to help the Russian military.” So, in June of this year, the occupying “authorities” of the Crimea made a “decision” to demolish the car service station, which seemed to refuse to repair the military vehicle of the invaders with the letter “Z” on board.
On this occasion, the fake speaker Volodymyr Konstantinov said that “probably the owner loves Ukraine very much,” and therefore “works illegally,” while a “decision was made to demolish” the enterprise “within 14 working days.” Probably, no one was really interested in the real events at this station, and this whole story with a “demonstratively tough response” was a purely occupiers’ propaganda plan, with the aim of intimidating small Crimean entrepreneurs.

Using this example, Crimean bloggers, controlled by the Russian special services, are calling for reporting cases of neglect by Crimean small businesses towards the Russian military. In fact, we are talking about a new form of racketeering familiar to the clans of Sergei Aksenov and Vladimir Konstantinov under the guise of slogans of Russian aggression.

At the same time, ordinary Crimean residents suffer mainly from the pressure of the occupiers and Crimean collaborators, who decided not to remain silent and publicly declared their anti-war sentiments. The methods of repression of the aggressor in relation to such dissatisfied people are quite different.
Basically, the invaders use the “administrative resource” in the form of punishers and fake “courts” ready to follow any instructions of the self-proclaimed “authority”. For example, the Crimean activist Sergei Akimov was “fined” by the occupiers for 35,000 rubles just for placing a poster with the word “war” crossed out on the windshield of his car.

Such forms of occupiers’ repression are also due to their fear, in which the traitors try to suppress the slightest manifestations of anti-war sentiments. Most likely, this fear is connected with the uncontrolled spread of anti-war sentiment on the peninsula. This explains the rapid increase in the number of persecutions by the invaders of Crimean activists who openly condemn the war against Ukraine.

One should recall the cases of the “fined” Elena Gukova, who called the “special operation” a war, and even in the “court” of the occupiers, who had the courage to argue in favor of her position, and Zair Semedlyaev, accused by the occupiers of “discrediting the Russian army”.

Crimean collaborators also use “criminal” prosecution of those who disagree with the war. The occupiers are criminally preparing long prison terms for a 25-year-old resident of the village of Pushkino, who threw a Molotov cocktail into the building of the occupying “administration”, and for the artist Bogdan Ziza, who poured yellow and blue paint on the door of the criminal “administration” in Yevpatoria, and threw it into the building “Molotov cocktail”.

Consequently, the Crimean collaborators are trying to deal with people who are dissatisfied with the Kremlin regime and its actions in Ukraine as harshly and revealingly as possible. Such criminal display is an element of intimidation and has the illegal purpose of demonstrating to the Crimean residents that any alternative opinion will definitely be punished.

The occupiers are also pursuing single pickets. For example, back in mid-March 2022, the fake “Central district court of Simferopol” “fined” a Crimean inhabitant for standing with a scythe in his hands and holding a poster with the inscription “Who is with me against Kievan Rus.” The court regarded such actions as “discrediting the armed forces of Russia”. Crimean traitors are punished even for frank conversations in the market. So, at the end of April, a fake “court” “fined” a pensioner 30 thousand rubles for condemning the war against Ukraine and calling the Kremlin elite fascists while on the market in front of witnesses.

However, “not by fines only”. As our Association has already written, collaborator Aksyonov made a statement that the fake “authority” of the Crimea is criminally planning to “nationalize” the property of Ukrainians who condemn Russia. Of course, potentially similar “sanctions” can be applied to the local population of the peninsula.

The occupation “administration” of the Crimea really wants to shut the mouth of all dissenters, and for this the Crimean collaborators use a variety of criminal tools of influence.

The unconditional support of the Kremlin only unties the hands of the Crimean collaborators, who experience complete impunity for their criminal deeds. A fairly common practice in the occupied peninsula was illegal dismissal for an anti-war position. As an example, let us recall the case of depriving the occupiers of the work of a geography teacher, who simply told her students that there were no Nazis in Ukraine. We are talking about a resident of Dzhankoy, Susanna Bezaziyeva, who, due to the persecution of the invaders, cannot find work in the Crimea, while she is raising her four-year-old daughter.

The latest “trend” of Crimean collaborators is the banal intimidation of Crimean residents and blackmailing them with the fate of their children. For example, in numerous school viber chats for parents, the “administration” of occupiers-controlled “educational institutions” disseminates information about the “negative impact” of anti-war sentiment on the future of their children.

At the same time, Aksyonov openly announced his intention to “dismiss everyone who would oppose the special operation” of the Kremlin in Ukraine. First of all, this statement concerns occupiers’ “employees of power structures” and “state employees”. Also, from the beginning of the large-scale aggression, the Russian invaders’ “state employees” receive a “order” to place “Z-symbols” on public transport and in public cities. Also, the Crimean collaborators force the “state employees” to publish posts “in support of the special operation”.

However, according to insiders, the actions of the Crimean collaborators will not be successful, since the number of people dissatisfied with the war is growing rapidly. There are many Crimean residents among them who are simply afraid to publicly express their own opinion.

Many people have a logical question: why do the Crimean collaborators, most of whom have Ukrainian roots, hate Ukraine so much and support the Kremlin’s war crimes? In fact, their “position” is quite simple: “either we support the special operation or we will stand trial for our crimes”.

That is, we are talking about the usual fear of punishment, which, unlike the “Russian world” itself, is quite real. It is this fear that drives Crimean collaborators to make constant and often frankly senseless Ukrainian-phobic statements. The recognition of the war crimes of the aggressor by the international community, the activation of the processes of investigating these crimes, somewhat returns the Crimean collaborators to objective reality.

So, at a time when the Ukrainian population of the Crimea is opposing Russian aggression, the fake “administration” of Crimea is persistently persecuting Crimean residents, imprisoning them, imposing fines, intimidating, torturing, depriving them of their jobs and taking away businesses, all with the aim of squeezing even though would be an imitation of “special operation support”.

However, these punitive measures are likely to be completely ineffective. On the contrary, with each arrest or kidnapping, Crimean inhabitants are becoming more and more convinced of the correctness of their anti-war sentiments, which are growing every day.