Ukraine's State Security Administration is investigating foreigners who 'illegally' entered Crimea to participate in the Yalta International Economic Forum. Because in Ukraine, investing in infrastructure and business development is a crime?
Once there was a farmer, whose neighbor had a virile, contented pig with progeny. This farmer, not having any pigs of his own would spend hours wistfully gazing at his neighbors productive porker.
One day his guardian angel came down from on high and said to the farmer, “Petro, you’ve been getting on my nerves with all this wishful daydreaming, so here’s the deal, I'll make you a porcine gift, just stop daydreaming”.
The farmer was overjoyed at this and thanked his guardian angel on bent knees.
“Don’t thank me, just stop with this hakn a tshaynik (unproductive nattering) and get busy building a pen for the new swine I’ll bring you”.
“What the hell do you mean!” sputtered the farmer “You call that a gift? I thought you were going to kill that assholes pig!”
This all has to do with the Yalta International Economic Forum and the Ukrainian Ministry of State Security, which on April 25 opened a criminal investigation into violations of the procedure for entry to and exit from the Crimea by foreigners who took part in the YIEF forum April 20-22, 2017. This was confirmed by the press service of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (based in Kyiv).
“In particular, they helped the occupation authorities in the development of the tourist sphere on the peninsula, called for the lifting of sanctions and recognition of the results of the illegally conducted ‘referendum’ on the separation of Crimea from Ukraine and its entry into the Russian Federation,” the report said.
This seems to confirm then that the Yalta forum was more than a little successful for Crimea as little effort was made since the 1980’s to develop infrastructure or attract capital investments which could benefit the citizenry of the peninsula.
The prosecutor’s office in Kyiv launched these criminal proceedings under Part 1 of Article 332-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (violating entry procedures into the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and departure from it). Funnily enough, all attendees came to Crimea from Russia and there were no Ukrainian border or passport controls to violate as Crimea is both de facto and de jure the Russian Federation according to the laws of the land.
Additionally, the prosecutor’s office has prepared missives to countries whose citizens participated in the forum and according to them violated Ukrainian legislation.
It would seem to me that the resources and energy expended in stirring up this brouhaha only indicates who is engaged in pragmatic business in the interest of the residents, and who is picking at their teeth and simply looking at neighbors.
Paul Goncharoff is Chairman, Disciplinary Committee, National Association of Corporate Directors, Russia
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