Small businesses in the occupied Crimea does not fit into the usual scheme of Russian and therefore forced to close his business. This said the former Crimean businessman Sergey Bozhenko Radio Crimea.Realities.
“Enterprising people are leaving small business. In Crimea, he will now be based in the Russian regions: there are taxis, restaurants, hairdressers, and there is a large network and state-owned enterprises. With regard to the average business, he was in a little better position. Because of the sanctions in the Crimea are afraid to go large retailers from Russia, so there is a space for local,” said the former businessman.
According to the Kremlin-controlled so-called Ministry of information of the Crimea, 43% of large and medium-Crimean enterprises operate at a loss. Most of them were in the sphere of hotel business and catering for almost one quarter of the total.
The total loss of the Crimean business for the first half of 2017 amounted to 4.5 billion rubles.
Russia has occupied the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in 2014 year. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared on 20 February 2014 beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. Key international organizations, including the UN General Assembly has condemned Russia’s actions and called the annexation and occupation of Crimea illegal. Against Russia were imposed economic sanctions.
After the capture of the Crimea Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine has continued in the Donbas region, where Moscow has created terrorist organizations DNR and LNR, seized with the support of the Russian part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Both organizations are funded and maintained by Russia, where, among other things, the terrorists are getting fighters, trainers, and heavy equipment, weapons, ammunition, and fuel.