Russian propaganda points that in Samara “barristers” from Crimea Vladimir Melnik and Vitaly Datsyuk were detained on December 24, 2020 with a kilogram of amphetamine in the trunk of their car. Datsyuk is also a “member of the Armenian City Council” from “United Russia”. The Russian media reported that those Crimean residents were charged with “attempting to sell psychotropic substances on an especially large scale”. According to the official version, Melnik and Datsyuk were stopped for an “ordinary search” by the Samara police and during a search of the car policemen found amphetamine. In reality, all this looks like a new round of escalation in the struggle of groups of Russian special services for proceeds from drug trafficking.

Let us recall that shortly after the beginning of the occupation of Crimea, in May 2014 in Simferopol, FSB special forces defeated old drug dealers who did not want to cooperate with the “new government”. As a result, the entire drug market in Crimea began to be controlled by the FSB and the group “Saylem” of the “Head of Crimea” Sergei Aksenov [1]. The middle link in the new structure was occupied by employees of the occupation “Ministry of Internal Affairs” and “Ministry of Emergency Situations”, and delivery to the end consumer was organized by the forces of “mortgages” and “dispatchers” controlled by the special services. The most interesting thing is that during the occupation of Crimea, traditional drugs practically disappeared, and the black market was flooded with synthetic salts and mixtures that destroy the human body and lead to death much faster than the “classic” drugs of the old model.

Interestingly, that literally in the spring of 2020, Vitaly Datsyuk ordered an advertising interview on the well-known Russian website “Consultant” [2], in which he was glorified as one of the “leading Crimean lawyers” and as an outstanding athlete, nicknamed the “Iron Barrister”. Mr. Datsyuk studied in Kharkov, then until 2011 he worked as an investigator in the Crimean police, then became a lawyer, and under the occupation began to develop the “advocacy of the Republic of Crimea”.

Thus, Datsyuk, as a lawyer, once gave the oath to Ukraine and, albeit he was not as a state servant, he violated the oath by cooperating with the invaders. Since 2014, neither Datsyuk nor Melnik have participated in Crimean “political” and human rights cases in general. At the same time, it is interesting that Datsyuk worked in the investigation of Armyansk in the same years when Mrs. Poklonskaya was the Ukrainian prosecutor there, so they simply must know each other from the experience of cooperation in this small town before 2011. It is noteworthy that currently the Russian secret services are spreading rumors on social networks about the allegedly close relationship between Datsyuk and Poklonskaya at the time, which may be as the fact-based compromise of the “State Duma deputy”, so just a fake news.

All these facts indicate that Datsyuk and Melnik closely cooperated with the Russian “punishers” in Crimea and, quite predictably, fell victim to internal squabbles. Such an expensive volume as a kilogram of amphetamine, in principle, cannot walk in the oversaturated Crimea without FSB control. The fact that the story of the detention of Datsyuk and Melnik is being actively promoted by the main mouthpieces of Russian propaganda such as “RIA Novosti” allows us to suggest that we are facing a probable staging and special operation to redistribute drug trafficking control in Crimea. This is probably a continuation of the internal war, that began in the summer of 2019 with the arrest of one of the high-ranking officers of the “Crimean department” of the FSB Igor Yegorov, who was previously involved in the supply of drugs to Crimea from Volgograd [3].

Of course, it is difficult, without knowing the details, to fully explain the situation. But the fact that Datsyuk acted as a “local deputy” in the “frontier” Armyansk, and Melnik, although he “worked” in Simferopol, but was also born and raised in Armyansk, indicates the possible existence of drug supplies from the Russian Federation, controlled by the Russian special services, through Crimea (and, accordingly, Perekop) to the mainland of Ukraine. Also, the biography of Vitaly Datsyuk predicts that he could have extensive contacts with people in uniform, both before 2014 and after. It is also interesting that the media, connected with the Russian secret services, began to promote the thesis that detained Datsyuk was allegedly “directly connected with Evpatoria”, that there he “participated in the legalization of the new building where the restaurant is located for Vavrenyuk’s mother”.

We will remind that “acting mayor of Evpatoria” Kirill Vavrenyuk in November 2020 was detained on “charge of receiving a bribe” for allocation of the earth under object of capital construction as “gift” for the next birthday of “the head of the Crimea” Sergey Aksyonov. As the “ARC” wrote on this issue, Aksyonov’s “black label” from the Kremlin, which has decided not to feed Crimean collaborators anymore, “nullifies” all efforts of Aksyonov’s “Saylem” group to seize Yevpatoria’s financial flows. It is noteworthy that the arrested Vavrenyuk a year earlier helped the Russian secret services to make a loud arrest of “Kazantip drug-prince”, “Iron mayor of Evpatoria” Andrei Filonov, who made his fortune and career with the occupiers, including through drug trafficking [4]. Filonov had a conflict with Sergei Aksyonov, and Vavrenyuk, on the contrary, became an instrument of the “head of the Crimea” in the struggle for Filonov’s business empire. Thus, Datsyuk’s detention, especially if he begins to testify, could be bad news for Aksyonov, the “head of Crimea”.

Evgen Gayvoronsky