The mass media including the Ukrainian mass media paid an unexpectedly serious attention to the recent protest of the inhabitants of the Crimean village Razdolnoye. They protested against the attempt to make their local mayor Pavel Chernyavskiy resign. Following the system press’s example, the event was called ‘a rebellion in Razdolnoye against the United Russia Party’. Those asked by the ARK media comment on the incident differently as far as, in reality, in the village, there is a conflict between the insignificant village collaborates and regional collaborates for the land trade market. As far as the ‘federal manger’ has become empty and the military and secret services has made the punishment for robbery even more stronger than in previous years, not all the Crimean officials take a risk to utterly steal money from the budget in 2020. In previous years, there was enough Moscow funds for feeding a large number of collaborates from the federal goal-oriented program.
The war for the right to sell the land broke out because it is the mayor of Razdolnoye Village Settlement who possesses a right to sign the licensing document that permits either the land utilization or the change of the mode of permitted land utilization. That is not regarded ‘a rebellion against the United Russia Party’far as the rebel is Pavel Cherniavskiy who is an active member of the party .
Mikhail Afanasiev does his best to dismiss the mayor from his post. That indicates the hungry Simferopol elites of collaborates are craving for seizing the control over the regional land markets after they take away bread and butter from the local princes. The thesis ‘the peasants of Razdolnoye are defending the mayor they elected’ is also untrue. After all, since 2014, there have not been any elections in Crimea. There are only the lists of mayors and deputies approved by Chief of Crimea Sergey Aksenov and State Council Speaker Vladimir Konstantinov on the basis of the compromises and agreements on the lists they and the Administration of the RF’s President have arrived at.
Morover, the election commissions created an illusion of the elections and rigged them, falsifying the ballots and protocols so that their content reflected the decision made in Simferopol and Moscow beforehand. That is quite easy provided if the voters’ turnout is minimal. A powerful scandal around the Mayor of Razdolnoye, in Crimea and out of it, has another purpose. One should not forget that Razdolnoye is a northern region of the peninsula. It has the most serious problems with water and ecology as far as the ‘ecologiacal Chernobyl’ epicentre in Armiansk and Krasnoperekopsk is nearby.
Russians are trying to make the people give vent to their indignation they have accumulated on the things mentioned above, creating such show. The Crimean Telegram-channels simultaneously administrated by the RF’s secret services are spreading the news informing the people that it is the northern regions of Crimea, which will become the most attractive for the agriculture in the future as far as the investor will have less social strain. What kind of agriculture on the north of the peninsula are you talking about if all artesian water of those lands has been pumped out in order to provide the needs of the chemical plants in Perekop and when an ecological disaster caused by the refinery chemical plants collapse is underway? That is a rhetorical question .
Therefore, in addition to all the things mentioned above, the ‘rebellion in Razdolnoye, has become a special activity of the Russian secret services who are doing their best to distract the attention of the society from the real problems of the north of Crimea, using the mass media power. Only for that, in circumstances of crisis, Sevastopol master builders and officials of Razdolye were let to earn a little money by means of the park reconstruction estimated at 66 mln. roubles. They only are trying to create an illusion of life inside the agricultural region, which was a developing area and is completely oppressed by the Russian occupation today .
Evgeniy Gaivoronskiy. Yalta-Kyiv.