Crimea to get a loan from Russia’s federal budget
July 8. Crimean authorities have decided to borrow 3.45m rubles from the federal budget to compensate Crimea’s budget deficit. The deputies of the State Council of Crimea have agreed to raise funds during an intersessional meeting. Currently they are planning to repay with dotations from federal budget.
Russia has intensified reconnaissance on Crimea’s border
July 8. The Russian military has intensified aerial reconnaissance on the border between mainland Ukraine and annexed Crimea, according to Andrii Lysenko, the Spokesperson of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine on the Anti-Terrorist Operation. Previously there have been reports of Russia creating an unmanned aviation center in Crimea.
Crimean Federal University is to be transferred into federal ownership
July 9. The supervisory board of Crimean Federal University is discussing a plan to transfer the university’s land and property from republican ownership into federal ownership. The decision might be reached at a scheduled meeting as soon as July 22.
Russia refusing to recognize PrivatBank’s claims
July 9. Russia has refused to recognize the jurisdiction of international courts concerning the claims of PrivatBank, a Ukrainian bank, about its losses in Crimea. Russia’s Ministry of Justice said that PrivatBank’s claims are baseless.
Mejlis appointed a representative in Kherson oblast
July 9. Refat Chubarov, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, has announced that Abmedzhit Suleimanov will become the Representative of the Mejlis in Kherson oblast. The Mejlis is also planning to create a representative office in the region.
Oleg Sentsov’s detention extended
July 9. Rostov-on-Don’s North Caucasian military district court has extended the detention for Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov to December 16. The first hearing on his case is scheduled for July 21. Sentsov is being charged with preparing terrorist attacks in Simferopol, Yalta and Sevastopol.
Ministry of Justice to accept complaints about Russia infringing rights
July 10. Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice has created a form on its website for Ukrainian citizens to file complaints about cases of abuse of their rights by Russia in Crimea and Donbass.