In Yevpatoria, at present, the case, which has caused a great resonance in the society, is on everyone’s lips. We mean the story about a disabled man who was forced to dismantle the adjacent accommodation to his flat because an associate professor from Moscow wrote up a report, despite invalid’s having an official license for the construction approved by the administration of the city. 

Invalid Dmitri Pavlov owns 50 metres of the accommodation on the first floor in the multistorey build where he lives together with his parents. He constructed an adjacent accommodation and was also able to make a fixed ramp, so that he could climb it, bypassing the staircase in the entrance hall. He received an official license for the construction of the adjacent accommodation and got the necessary amount of signatures from other house dwellers. His neighbour dwelling on the upper floor Yevgeni Salygin, an associate professor from Moscow who has lived in Yevpatoria for only several months, is very worried, however, because of the robbers and buglers who can broke into his flat through the adjacent accommodation of the invalid, fearing that something can be set on fire and gas can blast, so that the price of his flat can become cheaper.  The thing that made the quality of invalid’s life better, worsened the quality of the life of the associate professor from the Law Department at the Higher School of Economy. As a result, the pedagogue from Moscow filed a lawsuit to organize a demolition of the adjacent accommodation.

Dmitri Pavlov was a power-lifting champion of Europe, but today the disabled man is wheelchair-bound. 10 years ago, he and his parents moved to Yevpatoria. It is worth mentioning that the disabled man was provided by Ukraine with a flat according to the special programme, so he paid the one-third of its value.

‘According to the programme called Accessible Dwelling, they offered us three free flats in Yevpatoria, Kerch, and Simferopol.  We have chosen the first option. It was later when we found out that there was no balcony. Although, everyone in the house had balconies. So, we decided to construct our own balcony. We consulted the local administration on the adjacent accommodation and were provided with the assurances that everything was completely legal if we were going to make our own balcony on the first floor’, tells Raisa Pavlova, Dmitri’s mother.

In 2017, The Inter-Departmental Commission for Use of the Amount of Housing in Yevpatoria gave green-light to the reconstruction, however, without signing the document. Dmitri had a document only with a seal. That became a pretext for the honoured lawyer from the Russian Federation to assert that Dmitri’s construction was illegal and forces him to return the façade its initial external appearance.

Raisa Pavlova appealed to the public prosecutor’s office, but they only were up a gum tree. Dmitri was accused of having constructed the balcony without any appropriate licenses.  After that, the Supreme Court of Crimea made a conclusion that the committee permitted Mr. Pavlov to make a ‘redevelopment of his dwelling’, but not an actual ‘reconstruction’. So, now, the adjacent accommodation shall be demolished.

That story is a case proving that the occupying authority is ready to brown-nose a representative of Moscow ‘elite’ to the detriment of a person with limited abilities, abolishing not only the legal decisions of Ukraine but those issued by themselves and published already in the period of the occupation of the peninsula.