A poor life rich Crimea: problems of the Peninsula is only growing

“Hey! Where are you?! Where?! Near the “swallow’s nest”?! Well, wait there, I’ll get dressed, meet you!” A man shouts into the phone, as if out on the balcony. The time is five thirty in the morning. Two “elite” of the nine-storey building on the South coast (southern coast of Crimea). More than half of apartments for rent to summer visitors “rent turnkey”. Probably many of the campers woke up as I was. Half an hour later encountered the “swallow’s nest” bydlany begin to vigorously discuss the advantages and disadvantages to rent an apartment — again on the same balcony, deafening their screams surrounding area:


photo: Alex geldings

“Where’s the sea?” “Yes, that’s the same sea, look!” — “Well Yes it is far! Then half a mile if not a mile! Th, nothing better could not find, or what? Closer nothing happened?!” — “Here is closer to the sea there is nothing, then go through the Park and the sea!”

In fact, closer to the sea there is a boarding house, in front of which built these nine. Closer to the sea then took place “respected guys” even 150 years ago, before the revolution, tsarist times.

Virtually the entire southern coast of Crimea — Alushta and to Cape Agia estates of the feudal lords of the Russian tsars, the Tsar Nicholas II, Grand princes of the Romanov dynasty and retainers of the Royal family going back to back, fence to fence. “Cut,” they in a big way from mile to mile along the shore and from three hundred to five hundred meters from the shore, to the bottom of the road.

Today all of the estate — pensions, but the feudal system remained. To rest in such places can afford (mostly) only the sovereign people: clerks and clerks of the Grand order of the Treasury, the judgment order, of the order of Secret Affairs, publicans and other siloviki. One day of rest in a boarding house is 5-15 thousand rubles, which the majority of ordinary people can not afford, and the sovereign people relax by the Treasury.

The boarding houses are surrounded by fences, some even with barbed wire, so that the commoners can’t go in.

In order not to provoke beach riots in some places the passages to the sea left. Typically, this places the bankrupt in the turbulent 90s and the “dead” resorts and public beaches in some cities, such as Yalta, Alushta, Alupka, etc. These beaches a bit, and the number of tourists is increasing every year, and people on the shore are Packed like sardines, although close, behind barbed wire boarding house, the beach can be empty!

Heard whether our rulers about the “garage accommodation”? No? And they are. It started not now and not yesterday, and even then, when Crimea was Ukrainian. I wish to receive permission to build the garage and the land under it, sometimes immediately. As a result, the garage was four-, five-, sometimes six-story! Here you have a mini-hotel. And such only in Gaspra, Koreiz and Miskhor — hundreds. How much all over the Crimea, will not undertake even to guess. Add to this the tens of thousands of apartments, villas, cottages and other properties available for rent “turnkey”. A huge number of squatter, who listed some “utility rooms”, “garages”, “outbuildings”, etc illegally or semi-illegally connected to the utilities — electricity, water supply, sewage systems that were designed and built 50 or more years ago and these amounts are not calculated.

All of these “mansions” give up suffering for one attraction is the beach, which is also not on. In the Crimea there is little or no natural beaches. About 90% of the beaches — bulk. This means that they need to pour in gravel several times during the season after each storm.

There are problems in the Crimea and the roads, especially in the mountainous part of the Crimea, as well as roads adjacent to the ferry. During peak season traffic jams paralyze traffic in Kerch, Feodosia, on the highway Simferopol — Yalta, in Yalta city and on the South coast. Most of the roads on the South coast was built in tsarist times, the roads are narrow, car Parking space no. Motorists, to break into the Crimea by transport, are forced to Park their cars right on the roadway, which further worsens the situation.

This situation already. What happens when to get to the Crimea by car will become easier to predict difficult: Crimea will stand.

Such serious problems in Crimea not only with roads but also with other types of infrastructure. A symbol of these problems could be an electric pole, I saw in Gaspra: a number of wires on one post I have never in my life seen! Maybe Crimeans to apply to the Guinness Book of records?

It is not surprising that in the Crimea regularly accidents happen electrical networks with a power outage. He watched on the food base, as half of the sellers maintained their refrigerators auxiliary generators, and the other half probably did not want to spend money on this equipment you need, with a calm mien watched as the meat goes out in forty-degree heat. Tourists will eat everything!

And really, if people are willing to swim in sea water with the smell of feces, what claims can be to the smell of meat?

About the smell of feces — alas, not an exaggeration. About the problems of sewage in the Crimea, the Russian media are willing to say, while Crimea was Ukrainian, but now something was silent… However, both Crimeans and the Crimean authorities about the problem known for a long time. Sewer facilities (where they exist) built half a century ago and has long been inoperable. But, even if preserved, for the most part they do not provide modern standards of cleaning as 50 years ago just didn’t have the right technology. In most cases just used “deep reset”, that is, the sewer pipe were taken out to sea, at a distance of from 1200 to 3000 meters and poured, sorry, all waste. But the trouble is that in 50 years the pipe has rotted and, quoting Victor Tarasenko, the Chairman of the Crimean Republican Association “Ecology and world”, “at a distance of 30-200 m divers watch holes the size of half of a meter. Feces out of them immediately, in the sea and swim around with the tourists”.

As I already said, comes from the sewer where she would have. And the vast majority of illegal constructions, of which I was talking in the beginning, to the sewer are not connected, and waste is drained into the storm drain! After each shower it all goes straight into the sea, and not even “30-200 meters from the shore,” and right on the beach!

All of the above demonstrates the huge tangle of problems, which will increase with the increasing flow of tourists. So far I don’t see these problems as a dare. I personally feel that annexed the Crimea, but the Russian law on the territory of Crimea do not apply: price tags in many shops on the South coast no cash do not issue receipts, cars parked anywhere, with violation of all norms of traffic regulations, vigorously the construction of new dachas, cottages, hotels, apartment buildings, but without proper reconstruction of the infrastructure.

If you let it all go, sooner or later there will come a time when the euphoria of the “Krymnash” goes, people get tired of splashing around in the feces, steam in the Crimean tubes, and to pay for the food twice as expensive, than in Moscow, and people will stop to go to the Crimea, choosing how many, Turkey and Egypt. And then all these resort favela will begin to bend as bent a pensions Soviet era, built far from shore.

What to do? Of course, you need to build and reconstruct a local road, sewer, water and electric network, to create new beaches. All of this requires space and money. If you take them from the Federal budget it will be at the expense of other regions. At the same time worldwide resorts — not just profitable, but lucrative!

Maybe the authorities of Crimea to make an inventory of legal and illegal constructions, all these five-story garages, boathouse and cottages? To get people to legalize, to bring sewer and other connections in accordance with the law, be forced to pay the required taxes with their sickly earnings? And the resulting money to invest in the reconstruction and development of the infrastructure of resorts. And it turns out in the turbulent 90s: the most blatant and easy grip. the ground, spit on the Ukrainian and Russian laws, illegally built hotels, shops, restaurants and use public property without paying any taxes, just to pay off bribes sometimes. A large part of the population only grows poorer, forming purely Russian phenomenon: poor people in the rich resorts.

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