Voices from Russia

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Ukrops To Tighten Border Control with the Crimea

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Dear Friends!

Today, I talked to a very serious guy from Kiev. We only had a short chat, but we clearly hashed out the situation in Kherson and the state of affairs concerning border controls with the Russian Federation in the Crimea. The Ukrainian state authorities, notably, the SNBOU, are setting out guidelines and plans to create obstacles for Ukrainian citizens to visit the Crimea on holiday. More than once, I’ve observed that delays at the border are artificial, without need or cause. You see, many Ukrainian citizens visited the Crimea on holiday and liked it. When they got back home, they told all their family and friends about the true situation there, about its development, the new buildings, the investment in infrastructure, the tourist facilities, and so much more. They saw that there was no hunger or food shortage there, the utility tariffs are lower than in the Ukraine, and that there wasn’t any hatred directed towards Ukrainian citizens.

Starting on 1 June, the Kherson Oblast OGA*, the SBU, and the border service will harass Ukrainian citizens going to the Crimea, using whatever means possible to prevent their exit. I know that the border service at Chongar, Chaplinku, and Kalanchak repeatedly begged for assistance from the authorities. However, the top leadership in the Ukraine refused to help them; it wouldn’t deploy the needed personnel, it declined to give proper technical support, it turned down adding additional sanitary facilities and medical points. The Ukrainian authorities even reduced their funding! The visits of our people to the Crimea during the May holidays very much undermined the junta’s information blockade. In future, the Ukrainian authorities will try different methods to uphold it.

  • OGA: Oblast State Administration

In particular, they plan to use terrorist bands such as the Azov and Pravy Sektor (along with supposed “Islamist” elements), as well as spreading disinformation about fictitious terrorist groups. They plan to spread black propaganda about possible terrorist attacks in the Crimea to intimidate people into not going there on holiday. I must say that Poroshenko, Groisman, Turchinov, and Gritsak are ready to fight to the end, even if they destroy our people in the process. The most horrid thing is that they wish to tear up our fraternal ties. Spread this information as far as you can. The truth will always come out in the end.

In Respect,

Aleksei Zhuravko

28 May 2017

Aleksei Zhuravko

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