For more than five months, Ukrainians have resisted a full-scale Russian invasion. Hundreds of dead children, thousands of destroyed residential buildings and infrastructure facilities, millions of IDPs and refugees are forced to seek safety in other states and regions of Ukraine.
The enemy persistently and criminally tries to destroy everything that forms the national identity, resorting to murders, enforced disappearances and open armed aggression. In 2014, Russia managed to occupy Crimea, but failed to destroy Ukrainian dignity and national identity.
This is evidenced by the spread of anti-war sentiments on the peninsula, which are growing every day and are turning into a real threat to the Kremlin. In previous materials, we have already noted that fines and prison terms cannot stop the Crimean residents in their desire to return the occupied peninsula to Ukraine.
We also analyzed the panic among the Crimean collaborators who are fleeing the occupied Crimea, forgetting about the ideals of the “Russian world”. However, according to the latest data, the Crimean collaborators, driven by an animal fear of the prospects of de-occupation, have begun to “act proactively,” because they plan to establish total control over the inhabitants of the peninsula in order to respond to “minimal manifestations of anti-Russian sentiment.”
The situation was analyzed by the experts of the Association of Reintegration of Crimea.
It should be noted that from the beginning of the occupation, the Russian invaders began to establish on the peninsula the practice of surveillance, denunciations, persecution of Crimeans who have a clear pro-Ukrainian position. This practice intensified a year before the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Probably, even then the Kremlin gave the task of “cleansing” the likely “public opponents of the war”.
At the end of 2021, Crimean collaborators began to actively work in this direction. The punishers of the occupiers began to follow the Crimean residents in social networks and threaten them if pro-Ukrainian posts were found. The practice of listening in popular instant messengers has also become established, which, of course, contradicts the norms of international law and the legislation of Ukraine.
In parallel, Crimean collaborators began to practice denunciations, which were mainly written in order to leave the “enemy” out of work. Basically, the invaders’ punishers demanded the personal data of people who left for mainland Ukraine after the start of the occupation of Crimea. Probably, these data were planned to be used to recruit Ukrainians during the war. According to the results of denunciations, Crimean collaborators even underestimated school grades for children for the pro-Ukrainian position of their parents . After February 24, 2022, the tendencies of the total control of the invaders over the inhabitants of the occupied peninsula rapidly intensified.
Moreover, they started with those whom Russia allegedly criminally came to “liberate”. According to Tamila Tasheva, the “camps for migrants” in the occupied Sevastopol were equipped with video surveillance and enhanced security. According to her, the invaders do not want the “migrants” to contact the local population, which can tell about the realities of the so-called “Russian world”, in which they have been living for eight years in a row. As is known, the occupied Crimea is used as a “transit point”, from where Ukrainians are criminally sent to the depressed regions of Russia proper .
Most likely, the Russian occupiers are not interested in Ukrainian citizens finding out the truth when there is still an opportunity to return to Ukraine or get through Russia to European states. After all, the “threat” lies in the fact that upon returning to mainland Ukraine, these citizens will be able not only to tell the truth about the intentions of the Kremlin, but also to give relevant evidence, in particular to Ukrainian law enforcement officers and prosecutors of the International Criminal Court.
But the Kremlin masters of the Crimean collaborators are planning to establish total control over the population of the entire peninsula. They have already announced the so-called “Safe City” project for the occupied Sevastopol, which consists in the massive installation of video surveillance. We are talking about special software, industrial motion sensors, cameras with analytics and environmental monitoring . This idea is not new for collaborators, a large-scale war simply untied their hands, because it allowed them to hide behind “safe questions”.
Now the Kremlin plans to install thousands of surveillance cameras in the occupied Crimea, the video from which Russian punishers already have access to. “Officially” such surveillance will be carried out ostensibly to “protect the population and public infrastructure”. However, Ukrainian human rights activists are convinced that this is an instrument of intimidation and total control that violates the fundamental rights of Crimeans .
The fear of de-occupation makes the Crimean collaborators resort to completely senseless actions. So, in April of this year, after the growth of anti-war sentiments on the peninsula, they provided a criminal “order” to install total video surveillance and eavesdropping in Crimean schools. This is especially true for classes where children of the Crimean Tatars study .
Probably, in this way the Russian occupiers are trying to control how “quality” the criminal “lessons of patriotism” are taking place, since the illegal “principals of schools” appointed by the collaborators are monitoring the entire process. It is obvious that the Kremlin is “very worried” about the Crimean children, who, according to its criminal plans, should “hate everything Ukrainian”. This is evidenced by the fact that 20% of all video surveillance cameras in the occupied Sevastopol are criminally installed in schools . The indoctrination of the occupiers is combined with total control – this is a simple and clumsy “recipe for obedience” from the occupiers. However, experts find a slightly different trend in this practice.
In their opinion, the Crimean collaborators are planning to build a “digital concentration camp” on the peninsula, following the example of communist China, with which the Kremlin really wants to be friends. Moreover, the self-proclaimed “authority” of Crimea is installing Chinese-made video surveillance cameras manufactured in Russia. They are not of high quality, but they allow you to recognize a person. It is striking that for the corresponding “monthly fee” of 100 rubles, Crimean residents can watch video from surveillance cameras. Such a “service” is provided by “Crimean providers”, controlled by the aggressor .
There are a few things worth noting here. Firstly, the Russian occupiers are not worried about the safety of the Crimean residents at all, they just want to be able to control their actions. Secondly, access to video from surveillance cameras for ordinary Crimean inhabitants is a threat, because for only 100 rubles, real persons with ordinary criminal goals can get access to the video, encroaching on the life and property of Crimean residents.
Such an opinion is confirmed by the fact that the Crimean collaborators have already begun illegally and forcibly entering “private cameras” of video surveillance into a “single base”. The corresponding criminal “instruction” has already been given by the fake “head of Crimea” Mr. Aksyonov. That is, the Crimean residents are essentially deprived of privacy, trying to control every step, even in the yard of their own private house. Ordinary Crimean inhabitants are frightened by such “spy” tendencies, but they cannot do anything against the decisions of the fake “authority”.
Analyzing such trends, human rights activists note that Crimean collaborators in a war cannot do without total control, which consists of two main elements. The first element is a network of agents and informers working in various “enterprises’ controlled by the occupier, especially in the so-called “communal level”. They monitor information channels and public opinion for dissatisfaction with the Kremlin’s policies. The second element is the so-called “preventive work” with the population, in which the aggressor’s punishers find those who disagree with the war and supporters of Ukraine .
So, we are talking about criminal control precisely for the sake of the “security” of the criminal political regime of the Kremlin. A separate area of such activity is the “supervision” of representatives of the “Crimean media” even controlled by the occupiers regarding the “risks of their pro-Ukrainian position”. Such measures in the future, as the Kremlin plans, should become the criminal basis for repression and “criminal prosecution” of anti-war sentiments on the occupied peninsula .
It is obvious that Russia is not aware of the democratic practices of the development of society, in which the authorities acquire the commitment of citizens through their own policies, and not by surveillance, intimidation and persecution of the population, and even more so, the Kremlin is far from such approaches in the occupied territories of Ukraine.
However, driven by fear, the Crimean collaborators continue to blindly follow the criminal instructions of the Kremlin puppeteers. With the outbreak of war on the temporarily occupied peninsula, the “process of uniting 609 Crimean schools” intensified within the framework of the so-called “secure Internet network”. The work was entrusted to the largest “provider” of Crimea, the “Miranda-media” company, completely controlled by the occupiers .
According to experts, this is an attempt to total control over the Crimean Internet users. It should be noted that today the only source of objective information about the war in mainland Ukraine for Crimean residents is the Internet, where they can also somehow express their position. The Russian occupiers plan to completely seize this resource soon, leaving no room for expressing their position to the population of the occupied peninsula.
At the same time, criminal control allows the occupiers not only to identify Crimeans with a pro-Ukrainian position, but also to spread their own narratives. In particular, since the beginning of the war, the Ukrainian authorities have recorded an increase in hate speech in online media. In particular, numerous criminal calls to “destroy Ukrainians” were recorded, which are corrected with the atrocities stimulated by the Kremlin, committed by the invaders in the captured cities of mainland Ukraine .
All this is criminally done by Crimean collaborators, hiding behind fake “ideas of protecting youth” from the alleged “bad influence of information from the network.” Of course, their own narratives of hostility and propaganda of war crimes “for some reason” are not considered occupiers that are harmful to the minds of Crimean youth. Despite such surrealism, the invaders continue to intimidate people with the fact that surveillance cameras allow video analysts to identify a person by 99.9 %, even if she is wearing a mask and sunglasses . Probably, this is already enough for the punishers of the invaders who are persecuting the Crimean residents who disagree with the war.
In addition to their own fear, the explanation for the desire for criminal total control is that the Crimean collaborators see a “spy” in every local resident. However, even such a position of the invaders did not frighten the Crimean inhabitants, who began to actively protest against the installation of video surveillance in their yards.
They appeal to the fact that even according to the illegal “rules” of the invaders, “all issues relating to common property must be decided at a general meeting of apartment building owners by voting”. Otherwise, the Crimean residents say that the installation of video surveillance cameras by the criminal “local authorities” “has no basis, and they can be dismantled” . That is, it turns out that the self-proclaimed “authority” of Crimea violates even the fake “regulatory legal acts” that it itself “adopted” earlier. Although what kind of fake “legality” can we talk about when the main task of the Crimean collaborators was to help the Kremlin in every possible way in promoting its policy in the occupied territories.
Therefore, the traitors criminally undertook to “adopt new regulations”, which already unlawfully “reinforce the right of local authorities to install surveillance cameras on the facades of buildings without the consent of residents of residential buildings” . They just stubbornly do what the Kremlin curators said, trying to stay in their chairs.
In fact, collaborators are no strangers to nonsense. What is worth only the case of installing video surveillance near water tanks in Simferopol . It should be noted that the video surveillance installed by the invaders sometimes, against the will of the punishers, becomes the subject of dissemination of truthful information.
In particular, it is reported that Ukrainian hackers recently broke the system in the so-called “Krasnoperekop administration”. During the “video meeting” of the invaders, the hackers played the song of the “Leningrad” group “Moscow for whom your bells ring”, after which they turned on the anthem of Ukraine. According to eyewitnesses, all the participants in the “meeting” witnessed this: not only various fake “administration officials” of the occupied peninsula, but also Aksyonov personally.
Earlier, according to the same scheme, “Cyber&Radio SGroup” hackers gained access to a number of video surveillance systems in the occupied Crimea, and turned on the Ukrainian anthem in some shopping centers, schools, hospitals and office centers of the peninsula . This once again proves that every weapon of the invaders can be used against them. It should be recognized that the Kremlin is trying to actively use the experience of creating a digital camp on the occupied peninsula, and in the occupied territories of Kherson and the Zaporizhzhya region. Since the beginning of the war, such information has been received by law enforcement agencies of Ukraine.
In particular, it is known that in the Kherson Region, the Russian occupiers sell sim-cards of illegal “operators” on the condition that the person provides his personal data. A similar practice is used by the occupiers in the Crimea to collect personal data of citizens, which can then be used for the purposes necessary for the Kremlin.
It is curious that not a single “Russian mobile operator” actually dared to enter the occupied mainland Ukrainian territories. To do this, the occupiers founded the “Crimean-Krasnodar” company “K-telecom”, affiliated with the company “Cell Group Worldwide Ltd”, which in 2014 illegally “acquired” the Crimean equipment “MTS-Ukraine” seized by the Russian occupiers.
Also, those occupiers duplicate the practice tested in the occupied Crimea of providing access to VPN services, which are actually controlled by Russian punishers and special services . That is, in the occupied Crimea, the Russian invaders are criminally watching the population not only with the help of surveillance cameras or listening. Total criminal control by the aggressor is also established on the Internet, and not only for schoolchildren.
It should be recognized that the Kremlin regime has achieved certain results in this case by putting illegal wiretapping and surveillance on stream. The Kremlin is thus criminally trying to force the Crimean residents to recognize the war against Ukraine as allegedly “necessary”, to support it and take up arms.
With every year of the occupation of the peninsula, it becomes obvious that the future of the Crimean residents under the conditions of a criminal dictatorship is becoming more and more unenviable. Systemic human rights violations, militarization, repression and torture are the list of tools used by Russia to try to break the will of Crimean inhabitants.
In addition, the Crimean collaborators have organized total control over the life of the population of the peninsula, which is growing in parallel with the growth of anti-war sentiments on the Crimea. Surveillance and listening, denunciations and complaints have become the “norm of life” in the Crimea, where the occupiers are trying to control every post on social networks or telephone conversations.
Any rhetoric that is unfavorable to the criminal authorities turns into unlawful criminal prosecution and enforced disappearances of Crimean inhabitants. In such ways, the Kremlin seeks to remove the de-occupation of the Crimea and sow fear in the minds of Crimean inhabitants, including the Crimean Tatar People. However, it turns out the other way around: the Crimean collaborators themselves are panickingly following the course of the war, sitting on their suitcases, and are waiting with fear for the days when the Armed Forces of Ukraine will finally liberate the Ukrainian peninsula.