It became known that on January 4, the “Minister of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Crimea” Sergei Nikolayevich Shakhov died. It is reported on the peninsula that he allegedly “died of complications caused by coronavirus infection in one of the COVID hospitals”. A native of the Donetsk region, Shakhov was 65 years old, most of his life was associated with fire brigade and emergency situations closely to the “Crimean elites”.

From 1980 to 1994, Sergei Shakhov worked as the Head of the State Fire Supervision Inspection of the Sudak City Department of Internal Affairs, and from 1994 to 2000 he continued to work in various leadership positions in the fire brigade in the same place in Sudak, in the estate of the notorious Boris Deich [1]. Since 2000, Shakhov became deputy, and since 2003 – first deputy of the Crimean republican fire department. From 2005 to 2011, Shakhov was Deputy and First Deputy of Head Department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Ukraine in the AR of Crimea, and later headed this department.

After proposal of his services to the Russian invaders, Sergei Shakhov has been wanted by the Security Service of Ukraine since March 13, 2014 on charges of violent overthrow of the constitutional order, as a person who has violated the oath and is hiding from law enforcement agencies. Sergei Shakhov was considered one of the close associates of the “head of the Crimea” Sergei Aksyonov. It is worth to point that when the Russian president in 2018 “fired” Sergei Shakhov from the post of “head” of the Crimean “Main Department of the Russian Ministry of Emergencies” [2], Aksyonov non-publicly disagreed with this decision and “appointed” Shakhov as a parallel “minister of emergency situations of the Republic of Crimea” [3]. Because of this, two “heads of the Ministry of Emergency Situations” arose in Crimea – one “from the federal government” [4], and the other from the criminal group “Saylem” of Sergei Aksenov [5]. It is noteworthy that the invaders “did not notice” such a “dual power” of one of the key security agencies and did not comment on it in any way.

Interestingly, that Shakhov’s death occurred against the backdrop of the forced use of the “Russian vaccine against coronavirus” in Crimea. Earlier it was reported that the “mayor of Yalta” Ivan Imgrunt died of the coronavirus, who allegedly was previously vaccinated with the “Russian vaccine” together with the odious Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, during his visit to Crimea in Autumn 2020 [6]. However, regarding the death of Shakhov, a much more likely version seems to be that, under the guise of coronavirus, the Kremlin is eliminating the key forces, on whom Aksyonov could rely to save himself from future troubles.

After all, as “ARC” wrote about this on December 31: “also do not forget about the deployment of “military hospitals” in Crimea amid a water crisis, which may help to “self-isolate where it should be” until the next “completely healing with the latest Russian drugs” some losers among “Crimean politics”” [7]. As you can see, the first political victim of the “covid hospital” in Crimea has already been “formalized”.