Our site wrote on the glaring situation with uncontrolled sewage in Sevastopol city already, where only in Streletskaya Bay up to 100 cubic meters of sewage are discharged daily. Now the Russian occupation authorities in the city are forced to respond to the dirty history of sewage treatment plants, which began in 2017.

Streletskaya Bay

Then in Sevastopol sewer cleaning almost stopped. At the sewage treatment plants (STP) “Southern” (“Yuzhnaya”) settling tanks and aeration tanks for ridding the excess nitrogen and phosphorus were destroyed and abandoned since 2014, and the methane tanks which are designed to kill helminthic eggs and other pathogens, stopped their work. The operation of sand traps was not provided at the sewage treatment plants, and the relevant equipment in Sevastopol’s Kamyshova Bay remained working only against the large wastes, caught there: sticks, stones, rags, construction waste and so on.

Deterioration of sanitary water standards was recorded in Sevastopol’s “Vodokanal”, where the 596 water samples taken in 2017, and 65 from them were unsatisfactory for some substances and ammonium ions, and another 6 – for phosphates, petroleum products and microbiology. The overall quality of water according to such comprehensive assessment has decreased by about 20 times comparing the situation before 2014.

The Russian occupying power “cheerfully reported” that it would “easily solve” this problem with the help of Russia’s “Federal Target Development Program” for Crimea and Sevastopol. Russian propaganda highlighted the 6.7 billion rubles, allocated for the relevant contract regarding the construction of such sewage treatment plants, too necessary for the Sevastopol city.

A joint-stock company “”Biotechprogress” Research and Production Enterprise” was the firm which started receiving money from the “Sevastopol State Unitary Unit” “Municipal Facilities’ Objects Exploitation Department”.

A year has passed, and the “space scale” of the problem has already been captured by real satellite images of the Black Sea. They testified to the existence of a whole underwater sewage river, which enters the Black Sea from Sevastopol, and then, due to the specifics of the Black Sea currents, goes to Romanian and Bulgarian waters.

At the same time, almost two billion rubles of advance from the “Federal Target Program”, promised by the occupiers to solve this problem, “disappeared” somewhere.

The occupiers informed the population of Sevastopol “quickly and responsibly” that the delay was caused by the bankruptcy of the “OFK Bank”, to whose account this money was transferred. It was emphasized by Russians that the “Russian authorities” care about the Sevastopol population and its wastes, keeping everything under control, with needs to have “a little patience and everything will be fine”.

For some reason, such “transparent explanations” did not prevent the occupiers from even initiating the criminal case, which later led to the arrest of Oleksandr Antyufeyev, the head of the “Municipal Facilities’ Objects Exploitation Department”, led to the detention of Denis Petrov, the boss of the “Biotechprogress” company. As a result, the contract with “Biotechprogress” was terminated by the occupiers through the “court” under their control.

Denis Petrov

In July 2020, Mikhail Tarasov, the former head of the Sevastopol’s “Department of Municipal Economy”, was taken into custody by the Russian punitive authorities. He was accused that under umprella of the previous Sevastopol’s “governor” Dmitry Ovsyannikov, he, Tarasov, ordered his subordinates to exclude the treasury support from the contract for STP “Southern” (“Yuzhnaya”), which facilitated the “disappearance” of funds. However, according to Sevastopol residents, the main culprits of those events have not been named by Russians.

Mikhail Tarasov

Therefore, underwater river of Sevastopol sewage continues to poison the Black Sea ecosystems and to threat human lifes. In particular, the document of the Sevastopol “territorial department” of Rospotrebnadzor appeared in the social networks, and its text showed that the cholera strain was found in water samples taken in Sevastopol “Omega” beach in June 2019.

Due to social resonance and panic started in city, Rospotrebnadzor was forced to confirm the authenticity of this document, but in the spirit of this “extremely responsible” Russian organization they assured that the virus was not re-recorded, so it was “opportunistically-pathogenic”. The occupiers did not close the “Omega” beach, declaring it “safety” for vacationers. Meanwhile, in the summer of 2019, patients with acute intestinal infections were admitted to the Sevastopol Infectious Diseases Hospital every day, and most of them bathed in the “Omega”.

Subsequently, due to a clear violation of sanitary norms, the occupiers closed the Sevastopol  “Crystalny” beach, as they found the enterococcus in the Black Sea water. The reason was obvious and related to the malfunction of the Sevastopol stormwater system that could regulate dirty flows.

“Crystalny” beach

But the occupation authorities are working mush slower than those dangerous microbes. Because only at the end of August 2020 the Sevastopol “Arbitration Court” finally decided who should return almost two billion rubles to the occupiers’ “budget”, and the Sevastopol “Leninsky District Court” began hearings in a criminal case against the director of “Biotechprogress”.

But the pollution of the Black Sea, caused by occupiers’ mismanagement and corruption, certainly will not be affected by those current fictive  “lawsuits”.