As “ARC” experts predicted, the occupiers appointed a creature of friends of Putin Kovalchuk, former “director” of the “Masandra” winery Yanina Pavlenko, “acting mayor of Yalta” on a “City Council session”. This will be the new stage in the transformation of the southern coast of Crimea into the “private lands” of Putin, his friends Yuri and Boris Kovalchuk, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov, “Orthodox oligarch” Konstantin Malofeev and one of the cashiers of the “Ozero” clan, “Sberbank” director Herman Gref. This “KGB reservation” is planned with the addition of villas of of the shadow post-Soviet nomenclature representatives, with the headquarters of children’s militarism “Artek” and with several sanatoriums of Russian multinational corporations.
At the same “session of the Yalta City Council”, its “chairman” Konstantin Shimanovsky stated that the deputies approved changes to the regulations, according to which instead of “public hearings” there will now be “online hearings”. Shymanovsky “justifies” this with a “pandemic”, which is quite far-fetched. After all, the “officials” themselves regularly organize mass events in Crimea, drive “state employees” to propaganda sabbaths such as the “Victory Train” and regularly publish reports on social networks on various mass “sports, gastronomic and ideological events”.
Formally, “public hearings” are the important component of local “self-government” in the legislation of the occupiers. The format does not contain direct norms that the opinion of residents will be taken into account, but it forced “officials” to spend on creating the illusion of “popular approval”. In particular, during the scandalous campaign to “approve Russia’s master plans”, local “officials” were forced to expel bandits from the “Crimean self-defense” for a small fee, which created the appearance of a majority vote at the initiative of the “authorities”. They also beat dissenters and terrorized inconvenient local opinion leaders.
But it was important for the “Crimean authorities” to create in the population of the temporarily occupied territories the illusion that the inhabitants could gather en masse, convey their opinion to the “authorities” and influence something through “public hearings”.
The dispersal of “Crimean self-defense” from the dormitory in Simferopol that is no longer needed even as “participants” for “public hearings” allows to suggest that, following Yalta, the formal institution of group public contacts with the “authorities” will be liquidated soon throughout the peninsula. The current format of Russian governing machine does not provide for the “right to vote” for Crimeans as a “new oil”, which from 2021 be imposed by draconian “taxes” simply on the fact of presence the real estate and assets. In addition, in the context of the systemic crisis in Russia and the growing dissatisfaction of Crimean residents with the situation, the Russians are now openly afraid of any crowds of locals.